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Death sentence upheld for Blaine Milam, another East Texas killer

May 23, 2012 at 6:31 a.m.


HOUSTON (AP) -An appeals court upheld the death sentence for a Rusk County man convicted in the 2008 beating death of his girlfriend's 13-month-old daughter.

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the ruling.

Evidence showed the child was bitten some 30 times and beaten with a hammer at Milam's Rusk County trailer.

In a second case, 25-year-old Demontrell Miller was sent to death row for the 2008 beating death of his girlfriend's 2-year-old son while he was babysitting the boy and his own 5-month-old son at a Tyler apartment complex.

The court Wednesday rejected what attorneys for the convicts said were 20 errors at Milam's trial and 28 at Miller's trial. Neither man has an execution date and both could pursue federal appeals.

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