Death sentence upheld for TCB member in bar maid slayings

      Robert Garza // Texas Department of Criminal Justice Photo

      A South Texas street gang member sent to death row for the fatal shooting of four women 10 years ago has lost a federal court appeal.

      The ruling Monday from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals moves 30-year-old Robert Garza a step closer to execution.

      Evidence showed he fired at least 50 bullets into a car, killing the women who were illegal immigrants from Mexico working at a bar in Donna, a border town southeast of Edinburg.

      Garza was identified as belonging to the Tri-City Bombers and was carrying out a gang-ordered hit on women who had testified against a gang member.

      Evidence also showed the hit was botched and the victims weren't involved in the other case.

      Garza's appeal contended he had deficient legal help at his trial.