SE Texas Rapist-Murderer to Die Wednesday

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HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A man convicted of murdering a Bay City woman just four days after his 18th birthday is scheduled to die tomorrow night in the state death chamber in Huntsville.

Kenneth Parr is to die for the rape and fatal shooting of Linda Malek while she was in bed with her two small children -- an eight-year-old daughter and a six-year-old son.

The January 1998 slaying was the only homicide that year in Matagorda County on the Gulf Coast, about 100 miles southwest of

The timing is significant because the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled those condemned for crimes committed when younger than 18 may not be executed.

Parr's younger half-brother, Michael Jiminez, also was convicted in the case and is serving a life sentence. He was 17 at the time of Malek's death.

Court records show Parr has two other brothers in prison, and that his mother also served time for forgery.

He would be the 20th condemned Texas prisoner put to death this
year and the first of five set to die over a 15-day-period.