Crime

Supreme Court rejects Texas Death Row inmate’s appeal

Mark Anthony Soliz during his capital murder trial in Cleburne on March 1, 2012.
Mark Anthony Soliz during his capital murder trial in Cleburne on March 1, 2012. Star-Telegram archives

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a Fort Worth man sent to Texas Death Row for killing a 61-year-old grandmother at her Johnson County home nearly five years ago.

The high court ruling Tuesday, with no comment from the justices, was on an automatic first appeal following the conviction and death sentence given to 32-year-old Mark Anthony Soliz. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals last month rejected a similar appeal.

Nancy Weatherly, fatally shot during a June 2010 robbery at her rural home near Godley, was one of two people Soliz killed during a crime spree. The murder weapon came from a Fort Worth home burglary.

Soliz committed 13 crimes over eight days in June 2010, including carjackings, armed robberies, a holdup, a drive-by shooting and the fatal shooting of Ruben Martinez, a deliveryman who happened to be unloading beer at a north Fort Worth convenience store about 6 a.m. June 29, 2010.

A few hours later, Weatherly was killed when Soliz and co-defendant Jose Ramos broke into her home intent on robbery and shot her.

Tarrant County prosecutors have not tried Soliz in Martinez’s slaying.

Ramos pleaded guilty in both cases and was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.

State District Judge William Bosworth has not set Soliz’s execution date.

This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.

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