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Top Stories: Former Dallas Accountant Faces Execution Tonight

Dallas County court files/Texas Tribune

The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

A former accountant from Dallas is scheduled for lethal injection tonight if a federal court doesn't intervene.

John Battaglia went to death row for killing his nine and six-year old daughters in 2001 as their mother listened helplessly on the phone.

The girls were at Battaglia's apartment during a scheduled visit. He and his wife were separated.

Appeals from his lawyers to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court in New Orleans and the U.S. Supreme Court contend Battaglia's delusional and mentally incompetent for execution. If the courts deny the appeal, Battaglia will be the third Texan executed this year.

Other stories this morning:

You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays at 8:22 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM.

Former KERA staffer Krystina Martinez was an assistant producer. She produced local content for Morning Edition and She also produced The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. Krystina was also the backup newscaster for the Texas Standard.