US Supreme Court Declines to Halt Texas Execution

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to halt the scheduled execution of a former Texas Tech graduate student convicted of a double slaying in Lubbock a dozen years ago.

Vaughn Ross faces lethal injection Thursday evening for the January 2001 fatal shootings of an associate dean at the university and an 18-year-old woman who was in the school administrator's car.

Ross' appeal to the high court contended his previous appeals lawyers were deficient for failing to argue that his trial lawyers didn't present evidence that could have convinced jurors to give Ross life in prison rather than a death sentence. State attorneys said Ross didn't want friends and family to cooperate with his trial lawyers.

The 41-year-old Ross would be the 10th Texas inmate executed this year.


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