Infamous Dallas killer John Battaglia, who murdered his own daughters, finally to be executed Feb. 1
Barring another appeal, the state of Texas will finally execute infamous Dallas killer John Battaglia, who murdered his own two young daughters, Feb. 1, 2018.
It was 2001 when Battaglia shot and killed Faith and Liberty, his 9- and 6-year-old daughters, in his Deep Ellum apartment. He had picked up the children from his ex-wife, Mary Jean Pearle, in the parking lot of a shopping center for a court-ordered visit. Battaglia was under a court order to stay away from his ex-wife’s Highland Park home. Pearle, in the midst of an attempt to get Battaglia’s probation for assault revoked because her husband was harassing her on the phone, was speaking with Battaglia as he shot their daughters.
“Why do you want daddy to go to jail,” one of the girls reportedly said to their mother. Seconds later, Pearle heard one of the children say “No, no, daddy,” then gunshots.
He’s been on death row in Livingston since his capital murder trial ended in 2002.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled in September that the 62-year-old Battaglia is competent to be executed. The appeals court had halted Battaglia’s scheduled December 2016 execution to review his competency after his attorney had appealed a lower court judge’s ruling that Battaglia was mentally competent.
Hours after he shot their daughters, Battaglia was found at a nearby tattoo shop getting two large red roses inked on his left arm to commemorate Faith and Liberty. When he walked outside, it took four officers to subdue and arrest him. A loaded revolver was found in his truck.