The Latest: Supreme Court won’t halt Texas execution

The Latest: Supreme Court won’t halt Texas execution

The Latest on the scheduled execution of a Texas inmate (all times local):

5:55 p.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to halt the scheduled execution of a 64-year-old Texas inmate who was condemned for fatally stabbing an 89-year-old woman and her daughter more than 16 years ago in their Fort Worth home.

Billy Jack Crutsinger is set to receive a lethal injection Wednesday evening for the 2003 killings of Pearl Magouirk and her 71-year-old daughter Patricia Syren.

Crutsinger’s attorney had urged the Supreme Court to stop the execution, arguing that his previous lawyer had a long history of incompetence in death penalty cases.

A prosecutor has said Crutsinger’s actions were the result of “evil.”

The execution would be the 14th this year in the U.S. and the fifth in Texas.

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1 a.m.

A Texas death row inmate is set to be executed Wednesday for fatally stabbing an 89-year-old woman and her daughter more than 16 years ago in their Fort Worth home.

Billy Jack Crutsinger, 64, is scheduled to receive a lethal injection Wednesday evening for the 2003 killings of Pearl Magouirk and her 71-year-old daughter Patricia Syren. Authorities say Crutsinger killed the women then stole Syren’s car and credit card. He was arrested three days later at a bar in Galveston, more than 300 miles (480 kilometers) away.

Crutsinger’s appellate attorney has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stop his execution, alleging his previous lawyer had a long history of incompetence in death penalty cases.

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Follow Juan A. Lozano on Twitter: https://twitter.com/juanlozano70


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