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John Balentine stay of execution granted by U.S. Supreme Court

HUNTSVILLE, TX- John Balentine,43, was granted a third stay of execution Wednesday just minutes before he was scheduled to be lethally injected.

In 1998, Balentine was arrested in connection with the murders of three teens as they slept inside an Amarillo home.

Edward Caylor, 17, Kai Geyer, 15, and Steven Watson, 15, were all shot in the head.

Prosecutors believed the slayings were a result of a feud between Balentine and his ex-girlfriend's brother, Edward.

With a taped confession and mountain of evidence, Balentine was found guilty in 1999 and sentenced to death in Huntsville's state prison.

He was granted two stays of execution before being denied a third by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

His lawyer, Lydia Brandt took the case to the U.S. Supreme Court and just after 5 p.m. Wednesday, his life was spared.
Now, healing wounds are once again re-opening.

"I'm having a hard time with it (the news) because it's bringing back a lot of memories of Steven, mother Teri Wilkerson said. "Steven was my life."

To make matters worse, Steven's mother says Balentine has not offered any type of apology or explanation.

"I've tried to talk to him before," she said. "I've tried to go to the prison and talk to him but he refused to talk to me."

Now that he'll remain on death row until a new execution date is set, Wilkerson is hoping to get some answers.

"I would like to ask him if he's sorry for what he did," she said. "He's just got to face what he did."

Regardless of whether he spends the rest of his life on death row or dies through lethal injection, Balentine will never be able to walk the streets again.

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