(AFP) – Aug 5, 2008
WASHINGTON (AFP) — The US Supreme Court has rejected a last-ditch appeal by a Mexican muderer on Texas death row, paving the way for him to be put to death despite a world court order for a stay of execution.
"The application for stay of execution of sentence of death ... is denied," the Supreme Court ruled.
Jose Ernesto Medellin, 33, who was convicted for the 1993 rape and murder of two teenagers, was due to be executed by lethal injection at 6 pm local time Tuesday.
His execution would be in defiance of an order from the International Court of Justice, which asked the United States last month to stay the executions of five Mexican nationals on death row, including Medellin. In 2004, the court told US authorities to review the sentences of 51 Mexicans facing execution.
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