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Court won't stop execution of Mexican national

  • Article by: MICHAEL GRACZYK
  • Associated Press
  • January 22, 2014 - 12:15 PM

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — A federal appeals court is refusing to halt the execution of a Mexican national convicted of killing a Houston police officer, despite diplomatic pressure and pleas from the Mexican government.

Edgar Tamayo is scheduled for lethal injection at a Texas prison on Wednesday evening.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals considered an appeal that renewed an earlier contention that Tamayo was mentally impaired and therefore ineligible for execution. But the court said the appeal, which was filed last week, came too late.

Tamayo's attorneys are now taking their appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. They also are appealing a judge's refusal on Tuesday to stop the Texas parole board from a clemency recommendation in Tamayo's case.

The 46-year-old inmate was convicted in the January 1994 slaying of Guy Gaddis.

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