East Texas man on death row for child slaying loses appeal

East Texas man on death row for child slaying loses appeal
Blaine Milam with Amora Carson (Courtesy: Jessica Carson's Myspace)

RUSK COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas man who is on death row for killing his girlfriend's toddler has lost a federal appeal, the Associated Press reports.

Blaine Milam, 28, is on death row for the 2008 slaying of 13-month-old Amora Carson during an alleged exorcism. The incident occurred at Milam's home in Rusk County.

Amora died in December 2008 after she was fatally struck by Milam to rid her of demons. Amora was bitten multiple times and beaten with a hammer.

Milam was sentenced to death by lethal injection.

AP reports that Thursday the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected his argument. His attorneys argued that he had deficient legal help at his trial and that the judge gave jurors faulty instruction.

An execution date has not been set.

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