Justices remove roadblocks in 2 Texas executions - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Justices remove roadblocks in 2 Texas executions

By James Clark - email

WASHINGTON (KCBD) - The Supreme Court has rejected appeals from two Texas death row inmates.  Prior to those rejections, their executions had been blocked by the court.

In denying appeals Tuesday from former Army recruiter Cleve Foster and Gayland Bradford, the justices cleared the way for the state to schedule new execution dates for the two men.

Last week, the court stopped Foster's lethal injection hours before he was to die for the rape and killing of Mary Pal in Ft. Worth nine years ago.  Foster was never convicted for the murder of Texas Tech graduate Rachel Urnosky, however the same gun was used to kill both women.

"One of the things that gripped my heart was the fact that my daughter received no stay of execution," Rachel's father, Terry Urnosky, told KCBD NewsChannel 11 last week.

In a completely separate case, Justice Antonin Scalia granted a reprieve to Bradford in October. He received a death sentence for the shooting death of a Dallas grocery store security guard more than two decades ago.
     
Copyright 2011 KCBD NewsChannel 11. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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