A 53-year-old East Texas man sent to death row for strangling his mother, then stealing her car and draining her bank accounts, has lost a federal court appeal.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says Tracy Lane Beatty isn't entitled to pursue appeals that argue he had poor legal help at both the guilt-innocence and punishment phases of his capital murder trial for the 2003 slaying of his 62-year-old mother, Carolyn Click.
Evidence and testimony showed the pair had a rocky relationship and that Click had kicked him out of her Smith County mobile home the day she was killed.
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After she was strangled, court documents say Beatty "crudely" buried his mother behind her home.
Beatty does not yet have an execution date.