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Foster execution scheduled for Tuesday

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

A criminal district court in Tarrant County has scheduled the execution of Cleve Foster for the 2002 rape and murder of Mary Pal in Fort Worth.

The gun used in Pal's death was also linked to the murder of Texas Tech student and Lubbock native Rachel Urnosky, 22. Foster was charged with Urnosky's murder but never convicted.

Foster escaped lethal injection in April 2011 when the U.S. Supreme Court blocked his execution just hours before he was scheduled to die.

After numerous rejected appeals, Foster is scheduled for execution on Sept. 20 at 6 p.m.

Rachel Urnosky's parents, Terry and Pam, released a statement in April 2011 after Foster's second stay of execution:

"My family and I are devastated with this, the second stay of execution in the past three months. As Foster's lawyers continue to play the judicial system with last minute appeals, there is nothing but total disregard for the victim's families who are forced to relive the horror of this tragedy one more time. We are sickened that a convicted murderer continues to receive consideration and his life sparred when he failed to give the same to my daughter Rachel and Ms. Pal. The tremendous sorrow we feel today comes from the fact justice was not served, nor were we afforded the opportunity to close this chapter of our lives. We do remain hopeful that one day this nightmare with end and good will triumph over evil."

 


 

UPDATE: Urnosky's Parents plan to attend the execution in Huntsville and sent the following statement to KCBD on Monday:

"At this time, after two stays of execution, we are only cautiously optimistic that justice will be served and my family and I will have closure of this painful chapter in our lives"

Copyright 2011 KCBD NewsChannel 11.

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