Supreme Court denies review to Wichita Falls serial killer

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WICHITA FALLS (KFDX / KJTL) – Wichita Falls serial killer Faryion Wardrip, who has been on death row in Texas for more than two decades appealing his sentence, has been denied court review Supreme Court of the United States from a lower court decision.

This latest in a seemingly endless series of legal maneuvers, however, does not end his appeal process, but only opens another avenue on the matter.

The High Court ruling dismissing Wardrip’s petition was released on Monday, January 10.

In September 2020, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court ruling granting him a new trial for punishment. He requested a new hearing from this court on his argument that his good prison record was not sufficiently taken into account in the punishment phase.

The Fifth Circuit did not agree on an issue but granted him a new hearing by the lower court on a question of his argument.

But instead of going back to Federal District Court, Wardrip’s lawyer decided to ask the Supreme Court to review the Fifth Circuit’s ruling on the first issue.

Wardrip’s calls against his death sentence are rooted in his argument that his public defender has been ineffective and negligent in presenting his case.

Now that the Supreme Court has rejected this review, Wardrip can ask the Federal District Court to consider the second question.

Wardrip, 62, was convicted of the deaths of at least five women in 16 months, starting in Wichita Falls in 1984.

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