A 30-year-old Fort Worth man on death row for an assistant manager's slaying during a robbery at an amusement center more than eight years ago has lost a federal court appeal.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals late Wednesday refused arguments that Paul David Storey's trial attorneys were deficient during the sentencing phase of his 2008 trial in Fort Worth for not pursuing more evidence of his depression and low intellectual functioning.
The appeal also contended a black juror improperly was excluded because of race.
Storey is black. The victim in the October 2006 shooting at a Putt-Putt mini-golf center in Hurst, 28-year-old Jonas Cherry, was white.
Storey previously worked there. He and a companion, who pleaded guilty and took a life sentence, collected about $150 in the robbery.