LUBBOCK (AP) - U.S. Supreme Court justices Monday refused to review the appeal of condemned prisoner who previously avoided the death penalty.
Michael Rosales was convicted for the fatal stabbing and beating of a 67-year-old woman in Lubbock. The 35-year-old has been on death row more than 10 years for the 1997 murder of Mary Felder.
The former roofer avoided lethal injection in 2004 when a federal appeals court agreed to look at claims he was mentally retarded and ineligible for execution. The reprieve came just hours before he was set to die.
Felder had more than 100 wounds and injuries from a steak knife, a two-pronged kitchen fork and a pair of needle-nose pliers that were found near the apartment complex the day after the slaying.
Rosales told detectives he was high on cocaine, broke into Felder's apartment to get money and began stabbing her when she confronted him and threatened to call police.
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