The U.S. Supreme Court rejected the appeal of a man convicted of killing a woman in Godley in 2010.
Mark Anthony Soliz, 32, was convicted in the 413th District Court in Cleburne and received the death penalty. He remains on Texas Death Row.
Soliz, a Fort Worth resident, shot and killed Nancy Weatherly, 61, during a robbery of her home near Godley. Earlier the same morning, Soliz shot and killed Ruben Martinez, a delivery man at a Fort Worth convenience store. In the several days leading up to those killings, Soliz engaged in a carjacking, armed robbery and several other shootings.
Fort Worth resident Jose Ramos, who participated in many of the crimes with Soliz and was present during both killings, received life in prison.
The Supreme Court made their ruling with no comment.
The process of appeals for Soliz is far from over, Johnson County District Attorney Dale Hanna said on Wednesday.
“The writ process begins now, which is a whole other round of appeals,” Hanna said. “All that will go through the federal district court, the court of appeals and back to the Supreme Court and then appeals to the governor.”
Once that process concludes 413th District Judge Bill Bosworth will set Soliz’s execution date.
Even after the Supreme Court rules again there will be more appeals to stay Soliz’s execution, Hanna said, attacking every aspect of the original case, methods of execution and cruel and unusual punishment arguments.
Hanna said he remains convinced that, once the appeal process runs its course, Soliz will be executed.