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    Robert Alan Fratta - Texas Death Row


    Farah Baquer Fratta




    Summary of Offense:

    Fratta was convicted of the November 1994 murder-for-hire shooting death of his wife, Farah Fratta, 34. Fratta hired Joseph Prystash and Howard Guidry to kill his wife, who was shot twice in the head as she stepped from her car inside the garage of her home. Guidry, the triggerman, was to receive $3,000 for the murder. Prystash was to receive Roberta's automobile. The killing occurred during the course of a custody battle between the victim and her husband.

    Fratta was re-sentenced to death in Harris County on May 30, 2009.

    Guidry and Prystash were also sentenced to death.
    For more on Guidry, see: http://www.cncpunishment.com/forums/...=howard+guidry
    For more on Prystash, see: http://www.cncpunishment.com/forums/...exas-Death-Row

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    ROBERT ALAN FRATTA V THE STATE OF TEXAS

    In today's Texas Court of Criminal Appeals orders, Fratta's conviction and death sentence were AFFIRMED. Again.

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    I thought this would have been headline news today shortly after I posted the TCCA opinion!

    Murder plotter sent to death row loses appeal

    The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has denied an appeal from a former suburban Houston police officer convicted and sent to death row for masterminding a plot to have his wife killed.

    The state's highest criminal court Wednesday rejected 32 points of error raised by lawyers for 54-year-old Robert Fratta.

    Most of the issues in the appeal focused on whether testimony was proper at his second trial in 2009 for the slaying of his 33-year-old wife, Farah, in 1994. She had filed for divorce from the former Missouri City officer.

    Fratta's first conviction, in 1996, was overturned on appeal.

    Two others were sent to death row in the same case, including the hitman, Howard Paul Guidry, and Joseph Prytash, who prosecutors said hired Guidry at Fratta's request.

    http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?se...ate&id=8380894

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    Today the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals DENIED Fratta's request for a rehearing.

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    In today's United States Supreme Court orders, Fratta's petition writ of certiorari and motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis was DENIED.
    A uninformed opponent is a dangerous opponent.

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    Fratta has had a habeas petition pending in Federal District Court since September 21, 2005.

    http://dockets.justia.com/docket/tex...v03392/413897/

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    Documentary available on CBS for online streaming about this case.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7321620n

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    Also Fratta will be featured on "On Death Row" on ID, Tuesday 09/03/13 @ 9:00 p.m.



    WERNER HERZOG MEETS DEATH ROW INMATE ROBERT FRATTA - SENTENCED IN 1996 FOR THE MURDER OF HIS WIFE, FARAH, WHO WAS GUNNED DOWN BY A HIRED GUNMAN IN TEXAS. FRATTA MAINTAINS HIS INNOCENCE IN THE FACE OF OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE EXPOSED ON SCREEN.
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    On November 14, 2013, Fratta filed another habeas petition in Federal District Court.

    http://dockets.justia.com/docket/tex...v03438/1134674

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    EX PARTE ROBERT ALAN FRATTA

    In today's TCCA orders, the court DENIED Fratta's post-conviction application for writ of habeas corpus.
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