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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.

The state, which executes more people than any other in the United States, is set to execute Tommy Lynn Sells, 49, at 6 p.m. CDT (2300 GMT) at a prison in Huntsville.

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.