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Appeals Court Upholds Death Sentence For Man That Murdered TCU Professor

June 13, 2018 - 1:53 pm

FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - The man who robbed, kidnapped and murdered a retired TCU Education professor 14-years ago will stay on death row.

A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction and death sentence for 45-year old Edward Busby of Fort Worth.

Busby was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of 77-year old Laura Lee Crane after abducting her from a Tom Thumb parking lot in Fort Worth back in 2004.

Busby and a woman shoved Crane into the trunk of her own car and began driving. He later wrapped Crane's entire head in 23-feet of duct tape, suffocating the former director of TCU's Starpoint. Busby dumped Crane's body just north of the Texas-Oklahoma border. 

He was later pulled over in Oklahoma City and took police to the body. 

The 5th Circuit US Court of Appeals rejected Busby's claims that he has a low IQ and that his defense team did not do a good job.