HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - One of two men condemned for the
torture slaying of a 19-year-old mentally disabled Arlington
supermarket worker is scheduled to die tomorrow night in the
state's execution chamber in Huntsville.
Robert Neville was 23 when he and 18-year-old Michael Wayne Hall
abducted, tortured and killed Amy Robinson.
Neville -- who's now 31 -- is scheduled to die a week short of
the eighth anniversary of Robinson's death. The execution would be
the third of the year in Texas and the first of three scheduled for
the next 15 days.
Neville explained in a TV interview that he and Hall killed the
woman "for the adrenaline rush" and that Robinson was used for
"target practice." Hall is also on death row, but has no
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals refused yesterday to
intervene in Neville's execution. It rejected arguments it was
unconstitutionally cruel punishment and that Neville may, himself,
be mentally retarded and ineligible for execution.
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