Texas Could Carry Out 400th Execution Tonight

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HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - An old leg injury is a key element in an appeal that seeks to keep a condemned inmate out of the Texas death chamber tonight.

Johnny Ray Conner was sent to death row over the 1998 killing of a worker at a Houston convenience store. The shooting victim was Kathyanna Nguyen.

Conner would be the 400th convicted killer executed in Texas since the state resumed carrying out the death penalty in 1982.

His appeal lawyers went to the U.S. Supreme Court to argue Conner's trial attorneys were deficient for ignoring a limp he suffers.

Witnesses say the gunman quickly ran from the scene.

Conner would be the 21st condemned prisoner to receive lethal injection this year in Texas.