Death Sentence Upheld for Roach

The death penalty stands for Tony Roach.

Roach was arrested in Oklahoma in 1999 and sentenced to death for the murder of 37-year-old Ronnie Dawn Hewitt in 1998. Roach confessed to killing.

According to the conviction, Roach entered the victims home through by prying open a window, then hid in her bathroom before attacking her. Then, when the victim was dead, Roach sexually assaulted the body. He then tried to cover up the crime by setting the house on fire.

Today, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected issues raised by Roach's lawyers including a challenge to the Texas death penalty.