HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has cleared the way for executions to resume in the nation's most active death penalty state, turning aside an appeal that challenged the constitutionality of lethal injection procedures.
In a ruling late Monday, the state's highest criminal court refused to stop the scheduled execution of Karl Eugene Chamberlain. He is set to die Wednesday for the rape-slaying of a woman in Dallas in 1991.
The same issues successfully worked last week for another condemned Texas inmate, Derrick Sonnier, who avoided the death chamber about 90 minutes before he would have become the first prisoner in Texas executed in nearly nine months.
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