Wednesday, September 21, 2011

SCOTUS Halts Another Texas Execution

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay of execution for Texas death row inmate Cleve Foster.  He was convicted of a 2002 murder and rape in Fort Worth, Texas according to Reuters.

The court halted the execution of Foster about 2-1/2 hours before he was scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection around 6 p.m. It was the second consecutive Texas execution halted by the high court.

The justices in the brief order gave no reason why they granted the stay and said his execution will be delayed while the court considers his appeal. His appeal to the Supreme Court involved claims of ineffective assistance of counsel in earlier legal proceedings, reported Reuters.

Foster was convicted along with an accomplice, Shelton Ward, in 2003 after a jury found him guilty of murder in the slaying of Nyanuer "Mary" Pal, whose body was found nude in a ditch, according to a report by the Texas Attorney General's office. Ward died in prison.

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