A federal appellate court in Texas decided yesterday that a man facing the death penalty for murdering four people he suspected of trying to sabotage his workers’ comp claim cannot continue to seek habeas corpus relief. The murders occurred on this day (December 23rd) in 1987. James Eugene Bigby killed three co-workers whom he believed to be conspiring against him in his pursuit of workers’ comp benefits. The fourth victim was a 4 month old child that Bigby drowned in a sink. In his original trial, Bigby pulled a gun on the judge before being subdued. He has been appealing his death sentence for the last twenty-three years.
Read an overview of the case from WorkCompCentral (paid content) here.