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John Battaglia To Be Executed Today. 62-year-old Battaglia, who murdered his daughters in 2001 at his Deep Ellum loft, had postponed execution twice for his attorneys to evaluate mental competency, but he was eventually deemed competent. He is scheduled to die at 6 p.m. this evening.

Grand Jury Clears Police in Killing of July 7 Gunman. The criminal investigation of the Dallas cops who killed the July 2016 gunman came to an end yesterday after 18 months. The cops were, unsurprisingly, cleared of wrongdoing.

SWAT Officer and Nurse Save Life During Church Ceremony. A man went into cardiac arrest during an awards ceremony at the Cathedral Guadalupe. Senior Cpl. Darian Loera and registered nurse Magali Reynoso acted quickly: Loera did chest compressions and Reynoso used a defibrillator. After Ron Heflin started breathing again, he was taken to a hospital.

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Funeral held for food reporter Stacey Fawcett and her two sons. More than 2,000 people filled Prestonwood Baptist Church yesterday to pay their respects to popular WFAA food reporter Fawcett and her sons. News broke Friday morning that Fawcett’s eldest son, 19-year old McCann Utu, Jr., murdered the reporter and her younger son, 17-year-old Josiah Utu, before turning the knife on himself. Friends and family say McCann’s mental health suffered after two concussions. His brain was donated for research. Two dead in Southlake murder-suicide. Police found Anil and Neeta Kharabanda dead in a bedroom. Authorities believe the man shot the woman before killing himself, however they could not confirm how the two were related. This marks the city's first murder since Mexican lawyer, and possible cartel leader, Juan Jesus Guerrero Chapa was gunned down in the Southlake Town Square. Ethan Couch to appear in adult court. The "affluenza" teen who killed four people while driving under the influence, who then cost taxpayers a hefty $200K in rehab bills, who then skipped out on his cush probation sentence, is scheduled to appear in adult court for the first time today. He celebrated his 19th birthday in solitary confinement on Monday. Today's hearing could keep Couch in jail for another four months. Fingers crossed. Dallas woman caught riding dirty. Real dirty. Like, $1.6-million-worth-of-meth-hidden-inside-custom-tires-on-a-Chevy-Trailblazer kind of dirty. Eat her dust, Chamillionaire.

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STRONG STORMS SWEEP THROUGH NORTH TEXAS. A storm system, arriving three hours later than anticipated, moved through North Texas last night, bringing heavy rain, hail, and a tornado with it. Storms moved through Dallas County around 8 p.m., but the worst of the system was seen in Tarrant County, where a tornado damaged North Fort Worth’s BBVA Compass bank building and wind took off part off the roof of a building near Interstate 35W and Meacham Boulevard. Golf ball-sized hail was spotted in Denton County, while Wise County experienced baseball-sized hail. Thankfully, no injuries or flooding were reported. POLICE SEEK SUSPECT IN DEADLY EAST OAK CLIFF HOME INVASION. An arrest warrant for Obra Louis London, 27, was issued Thursday night in connection with a home invasion and shooting death in East Oak Cliff earlier in the day. When police arrived at a home in the 1500 block of East Woodin Boulevard, they found 44-year-old Cecil Williams Jr. critically injured and a woman who had been beaten. The woman told officers two men assaulted her and Williams after bursting into the home. London will be charged with capital murder once he’s arrested. REMAINS FOUND NEAR MOVIE THEATER IDENTIFIED. Skeletal remains discovered late last month near the Studio Movie Grill at the intersection of Northwest Highway and Interstate 35E have been identified as 32-year-old Alejandro Arzola. A cause of death hasn’t been determined. CARLISLE SIGNS FIVE-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION WITH THE MAVS. Head Coach Rick Carlisle has signed a five-year, $35 million extension with the Dallas Mavericks. Carlisle is the franchise leader in wins and led the team to its only championship in 2011.