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Supreme Court Blocks Texas Execution


— July 7, 2004

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked the scheduled execution of a man convicted of murdering a robbery victim nearly 20 years ago.

Appeals filed to the court contend jurors were not allowed to properly consider Troy Kunkle’s drug and alcohol abuse history and that Kunkle’s due-process rights were violated when appeals lawyers were denied access to a state-paid full transcript of juror questioning.

The Supreme Court issued an indefinite stay.

Kunkle, 38, was set for lethal injection Wednesday night for fatally shooting Steven Horton, 29, during a robbery in Corpus Christi. He would be the 11th Texas prisoner executed this year.

Details here from the AP via FindLaw.com.


HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked the scheduled execution of a man convicted of murdering a robbery victim nearly 20 years ago.

Appeals filed to the court contend jurors were not allowed to properly consider Troy Kunkle’s drug and alcohol abuse history and that Kunkle’s due-process rights were violated when appeals lawyers were denied access to a state-paid full transcript of juror questioning.

The Supreme Court issued an indefinite stay.

Kunkle, 38, was set for lethal injection Wednesday night for fatally shooting Steven Horton, 29, during a robbery in Corpus Christi. He would be the 11th Texas prisoner executed this year.

Details here from the AP via FindLaw.com.

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