The Dallas Morning News

Court rejects appeal from FW man on death row

- The Associated Press

HOUSTON — A federal appeals court has rejected an appeal from a Fort Worth man on Texas death row for a 2010 convenienc­e store holdup that left two men dead.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday refused arguments from 41-year-old Kwame Rockwell that he had poor legal help at his Tarrant County trial when his lawyers decided to not present evidence that he may be schizophre­nic and that he used steroids. He also argued that his mental illness should disqualify him from the death penalty and that Texas law barred juries from considerin­g mitigating evidence.

Jurors condemned him for the fatal shooting of 22-year-old store clerk Daniel Rojas. Evidence also showed a bread deliveryma­n was killed during the robbery in southeast Fort Worth.

Rockwell does not yet have an execution date.

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