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Balentine denied third execution stay

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AMARILLO - An appeal to delay the execution of an area man convicted of triple murder has been rejected.

John Balentine's appeal was rejected Tuesday by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

A Potter County jury convicted Balentine, now 43, in the shooting deaths of Mark Edward Caylor Jr., 17; Kai Brooke Geyer, 15; and Steven Brady Watson, 15, in an east Amarillo home in 1998.

Lydia Brandt, Balentine's attorney, has argued since 2003 that her client's trial attorney did not investigate mitigating factors in Balentine's life that could have called for a lighter sentence.

The evidence includes a violent childhood, delayed emotional development and an untreated head injury, Brandt said.

He is scheduled for execution Wednesday evening at 6:00.

His lawyer says she will take the case now to the U.S. Supreme Court.