HOUSTON (KYTX) - The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied a death row inmate's claims that he should not be executed because he is mentally challenged.
57-year-old Robert Ladd was found guilty of capital murder and sentenced to death by a Smith County Jury for the 1996 rape and murder of 38-year-old Vicki Ann Garner of Tyler.
Garner had also been strangled to death before her body was set on fire.
Tuesday's ruling by the federal appeals court moves Ladd a step closer to his execution.