Dallas man set to die for killing daughters, 9 and 6

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — As her mother listened on the telephone, 9-year-old Faith Battaglia pleaded with her father. "No, daddy, please don’t, don’t do it!" the child begged. Mary Jane Pearle yelled into the phone for Faith and her 6-year-old sister, Liberty, to run. Then Pearle heard gunshots. On Thursday, her ex-husband, John David Battaglia is set for execution for the May 2001 slayings of their daughters. "Merry … Christmas," Battaglia told Pearle from his Dallas apartment, the words of the holiday greeting derisively divided by an obscenity. She heard more gunshots, then called 911. Faith was shot three times and Liberty five. Hours later, Battaglia was at a nearby… Read More

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