Texas Set To Execute Inmate Convicted Of Killing 13-Year-Old Girl
April 3 (Reuters) - A suspected serial killer convicted of killing a 13-year-old girl and attempting to kill another girl is scheduled to be executed on Thursday in Texas, a day after an appeals court rejected his challenge regarding the drugs to be used in his lethal injection.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit overturned a temporary stay of execution for Sells. A federal judge hours earlier had granted that stay, finding that Texas had hidden information about the supplier of the drugs.
The appeals court said the case might be different if the state were using a drug never before used or unheard of, whose effectiveness was completely unknown, which was not the case.
Other appeals on Sells' behalf are pending on Thursday with the U.S. Supreme Court.
Sells was convicted of stabbing a 13-year-old girl to death and attempting to kill a 10-year-old girl on New Year's Eve of 1999 at the Del Rio home of a man who owed him drug money, according to court documents.