High court refuses to halt Texas execution

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Associated Press

Posted on April 26, 2013 at 7:05 AM

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to halt a Texas inmate's scheduled execution for fatally shooting one of three people he and a partner abducted during a convenience store robbery nearly 11 years ago.

Twenty-nine-year-old Richard Cobb didn't deny using a 20-gauge shotgun to kill Kenneth Vandever in an East Texas field where two women also were shot and one was raped. Cobb faced lethal injection Thursday evening in Huntsville.

His lawyers contended in a last-ditch appeal that a prison expert gave false testimony at Cobb's trial in 2004 that tainted his punishment. State attorneys argued the testimony was accurate and the appeal was a meritless attempt to delay the execution.

The high court's ruling came about two hours before Cobb is to be taken to the Texas death chamber.

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