The ruling late Tuesday from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals moves 41-year-old Vaughn Ross a step closer to execution for the fatal shootings of 53-year-old Douglas Birdsall and Viola McVade.
Birdsall was associate dean of libraries at the Lubbock school.
Ross, a former Tech student from St. Louis, had been dating McVade's sister.
The victims were found shot in the head Jan. 31, 2001, inside Birdsall's car. DNA evidence tied their deaths to Ross.
Ross' unsuccessful appeal contended deficient legal help early in his appeals prevented him from pursing appeals that his trial attorneys also were deficient.
Police in O'Fallon, Missouri are investigating after a woman was found dead inside a home Tuesday evening. Police say they were called shortly after 5:00 yesterday to check on the well being of a resident on Downing drive. When police arrived, they found the 55 year old woman dead of an apparent gunshot wound. The death remains under investigation, but police do not believe it was a random act.
St. Louis County Police are investigating another robbery of a pizza delivery driver. This one happened around 10:30 last night in unincorporated North St. Louis County. Police say the victim was returning to his car after a delivery when a black male suspect approached him and asked for a cigarette and money.
Police say the suspect was armed with a gun. After receiving a small amount of cash and a cigarette, the suspect ran from the scene.
The suspect is described as black male, 6'0 - 6'2 wearing all black.
Anyone with information can call police or Crimestoppers at 866-371-TIPS.
Another St. Louis suburb has passed a law making it illegal to discriminate against renters and home buyers on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The Webster Groves City Council approved an amendment to the city's Fair Housing Code in a unanimous vote last night. St. Louis County passed a similar law in November, and several other communities in the county have passed anti-discrimination measures.