John David Battaglia, the Texas accountant who shot and killed his two daughters back in May 2001, has been executed on Thursday night by lethal injection. The man’s attorney attempted to block the lethal injection, but the Court rejected the appeal. Battaglia’s last thoughts were of his Mary Jean, his ex-wife.
Texas Accountant Defies Court Order and Guns Down Daughters
According to court records, back in May 2001, John David Battaglia, a former accountant, defied a protective court order when he took 9-year-old Faith and 6-year-old Liberty to his house for dinner. Upon learning that the man took the infants to his house, Mary Jean Pearle called him.
The woman, whom Battaglia divorced a year earlier, told her former husband that an arrest warrant was issued for him. Panicking, the man asked one of the girls to talk over the phone with her mother and to ask Mary Jean why she wanted him to go back to prison.
The last thing Mary Jean Pearle heard over the phone was her daughter pleading for her life and several gunshots. According to the authorities, after the former Texas account shot both girls in the living room, he dragged and dumped them in the basement, where they were later discovered by the law enforcement officers.
The coroner’s report reveals that both girls have been shot multiple times after their death. On Thursday, at 9:40 p.m., the authorities carried out Battaglia’s execution by means of lethal injection. His defense attorney tried to call off the execution by invoking mental illness, but the court rejected the plead without reason.
Before his execution was carried out, the former Texas accountant wanted to say ‘hello’ to his wife and to tell her that he’ll be waiting on the other side.
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