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Fort Worth man on Death Row loses federal appeal

Kwame Rockwell, during his capital murder trial in Tarrant County in 2012, was set to be executed Oct. 24 but the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has delayed it while ordering a judge to appoint two mental health experts to re-examine Rockwell for mental health issues.
Kwame Rockwell, during his capital murder trial in Tarrant County in 2012, was set to be executed Oct. 24 but the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has delayed it while ordering a judge to appoint two mental health experts to re-examine Rockwell for mental health issues. Star-Telegram archives

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 41-year-old Kwame Rockwell had argued that he had poor legal help at his Tarrant County trial when his lawyers decided to not present evidence 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 that a bread deliveryman was killed during the robbery in southeast Fort Worth.

Rockwell does not yet have an execution date.

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