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Picture of Offender Name Battaglia, John David
TDCJ Number 999412
Date of Birth 08/02/1955
Date Received 05/01/2002
Age (when Received) 46
Education Level (Highest Grade Completed) 12
Date of Offense 05/02/2001
  Age (at the time of Offense) 45
  County Dallas
  Race White
  Gender Male
  Hair Color Grey
  Height 6 ft 0 in
  Weight 188
  Eye Color Green
  Native County Dallas
  Native State Texas

Prior Occupation
computer software, accounting, laborer

Prior Prison Record

Summary of Incident
On May 12, 2001, Battaglia shot and killed his two daughters, ages 6 and 9. The mother of the children was on the phone with the 9 year old daughter at the time of the offense and heard the gunshots.


Race and Gender of Victim
two white females

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Dallas man set to die for killing daughters, 9

:snip: Around Easter 2001, he called Pearle, swearing at her and calling her names, a violation of his probation. She reported the incident to his probation officer and Battaglia learned on May 2, 2001, that an arrest warrant had been issued. That evening, Pearle left their daughters with him for a planned dinner.

She soon received a message that one of the girls had called for her. Pearle returned the call and Battaglia put her on speakerphone, telling Faith to ask her mother: "Why do you want Daddy to go to jail?"

Pearle heard the child cry out: "No, Daddy, please don't, don't do it."   :snip:

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Texas executes third death row inmate this year

By Danielle Haynes   Feb. 2, 2018 at 12:42 AM

Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Texas carried out its third execution of the year Thursday, that of a Dallas man who shot his daughters to death as their mother listened on the phone in 2001.

John Battaglia, 62, received a lethal injection Thursday night in Huntsville and was pronounced dead at 9:40 p.m.

According to the Dallas Morning News, Battaglia appeared good-natured before the execution and said hello to his ex-wife, Mary Jean Pearle, who was there to watch his execution.

"Well, hi, Mary Jean. I'll see y'all later. Bye," he said. "Go ahead, please."

After the lethal injection was administered, Battaglia smiled and said, "Am I still alive?"

Moments later, he said, "Oh, here, I feel it."

It took 22 minutes for Battaglia to die after the injection was given. :snip: 


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