Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Court upholds death sentece for dad who murdered 5-year-old daughter, her mother, her grandfather (Houston, Texas)

Family annihilators are nearly always fathers. Dad is identified as JOHN HUMMEL.

Court upholds death sentence for North Texas man in killings of wife, daughter, father-in-law


First Posted: November 20, 2013 - 1:52 pm
Last Updated: November 20, 2013 - 1:56 pm

HOUSTON — The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the conviction and death sentence given to a North Texas man for the December 2009 slayings of his pregnant wife, 5-year-old daughter and father-in-law.

Attorneys for 38-year-old John Hummel argued evidence was legally insufficient to convict him at his trial in in Fort Worth in 2011, that his trial judge unfairly rejected over a dozen pretrial motions and that one of the sentencing issues decided by jurors is unconstitutional.

Hummel was convicted of fatally stabbing his 34-year-old wife, Joy, and using a baseball bat to beat his daughter, Jodi, and his 57-year-old father-in-law, Eddie Bedford. Evidence showed he then torched their home in Kennedale, a Fort Worth suburb.

Prosecutors said he killed his family so he could pursue other women and party.