Execution Set for Tonight

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A death-row inmate is set for execution tonight for the ghastly murders of two suburban Dallas sporting goods store workers.

Joseph Lave is to die for the Thanksgiving eve 1992 deaths of Justin Marquart and Frederick Banzhaf. Police say both were found bound with duct tape with their heads battered with a hammer claw and their throats slit.

Assistant store manager Angie King survived a similar attack and managed to call 911 and identify another store worker, James Langston, as an assailant.

Police fatally shot Langston outside his Dallas apartment about five hours later as he tried to use his truck to run over an officer seeking to question him. His death led to the arrests of Lave and Timothy Bates.

Bates agreed to cooperate with prosecutors and is serving a life prison term.

Lave's attorneys are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to halt the execution. They contend that Lave participated in the holdup but was not the actual killer.

If they fail, Lave would be the 25th inmate executed in Texas this year and the second of five set to die this month.

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