Serial killer wins another ruling

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A Wichita Falls serial killer who has been appealing his death sentence for almost two decades has won another ruling, but the state is confident it will once again win when it appeals the federal judge’s order.

Faryion Wardrip, 59, has been waiting on death row since he was sentenced in late 1999 when he was 40-years-old.

Wardrip had already served one prison term for a woman’s murder when he was convicted for the murders of four more Texoma women.

In the latest appeals ruling, U.S. District Judge Joe Dish of the Northern District of Texas again agreed with I.S. Magistrate Paul Strickney’s order granting Wardrip’s habeas corpus motion.

Wardrip has been seeking to have his death sentence overturned because of ineffective representation by his court-appointed attorney in his trial.

With the latest ruling in favor of Wardrip’s appeal, the Texas Attorney General’s office is expected to appeal to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, where previous appeals by Wardip were rejected.

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