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    Found out recently a good friend of mine helps with these executions. I asked him if he ever feels sorry for them & he said no because he researches their cases so he knows how much they deserve it.

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    Man convicted in Texas prison guard's death to be executed

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    HUNTSVILLE, TEXAS - A Texas death row inmate who sued unsuccessfully to try to halt his execution, arguing that more DNA testing needed to be done, is now trying to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the punishment scheduled for Thursday.

    Robert Pruett was already serving 99 years for a neighbor's killing when he was convicted in the death of a prison guard who was stabbed in an attack that prosecutors say stemmed from a dispute over a peanut butter sandwich. Pruett wanted to take the sandwich into a recreation yard against prison rules, they said. An autopsy showed corrections officer Daniel Nagle died of a heart attack brought on by the December 1999 stabbing.

    Pruett, 38, has insisted he's innocent of Nagle's death at the McConnell Unit near Beeville, about 85 miles (136 kilometers) southeast of San Antonio. He would become the sixth prisoner executed this year in Texas, which carries out the death penalty more than any other states. Texas executed a total of seven inmates last year.

    Pruett avoided execution in April 2015 when a state judge halted his punishment just hours before he could have been taken to the death chamber. His lawyers had convinced the judge that new DNA tests needed to be conducted on the tape-wrapped, 7-inch sharpened steel rod used to repeatedly stab the 37-year-old Nagle. The new tests showed no DNA on the tape but uncovered DNA on the rod from an unknown female who authorities said likely handled the shank during the appeals process after the original tests in 2002. The execution was put on the schedule again.

    After seeking even more DNA testing and being rejected by the courts, Pruett's attorneys filed a federal civil rights lawsuit in August in which they argued that the courts denied Pruett due process. The lawyers asked the federal courts to halt the rescheduled execution, allow the additional DNA testing and then check the results for matches in law enforcement databases.

    Last week, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the lawsuit. But Pruett's attorneys appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, arguing that a lower court judge wrongly rejected the case after sitting on it for two months.

    In a second appeal to the Supreme Court, also filed on Tuesday, the attorneys asked the high court to revisit the question of whether it is constitutional to execute a prisoner who claims actual innocence in federal court because of newly discovered evidence after exhausting all other appeals. Supreme Court justices in 1993 ruled 6-3 in a Texas case that it was constitutional to do so.

    State attorneys say Pruett's lawyers have long engaged in "a pattern of delay."

    No physical evidence tied Pruett to Nagle's death. At his 2002 trial, prisoners testified that they saw Pruett attack Nagle or heard him talk about wanting to kill the guard. According to some of the testimony, he talked about possessing a weapon as well.

    Pruett has said he was framed and that Nagle, an officer for more than three years, could have been killed by other inmates or corrupt officers at the McConnell Unit.

    "I never killed nobody in my life," Pruett testified at his trial. He said he was in a gym when he learned the officer had been stabbed.

    Pruett's 99-year murder sentence that he was already serving was for participating at age 15 with his father and a brother in the 1995 stabbing death of a 29-year-old neighbor, Raymond Yarbrough, at the man's trailer home in Channelview, just east of Houston. Pruett's father, 70-year-old Howard Pruett, is serving life in prison. His brother, 47-year-old Howard Pruett Jr., was sentenced to 40 years.

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    HUNTSVILLE, TEXAS — The Latest on Texas Execution (all times local):

    10:30 a.m.

    The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has rejected a clemency petition from death row inmate Robert Pruett.

    Pruett is scheduled to die Thursday evening for the 1999 killing of a Texas corrections officer, Daniel Nagle.

    Attorneys for the 38-year-old inmate asked the board to recommend to Gov. Greg Abbott that Pruett be given a 120-day reprieve and that his death sentence be commuted to life in prison.
    http://www.whio.com/news/national/th...GWzDQ3WjklbrL/

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    Do inmates in tx get a new clemency hearing each time they have a date?

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    That is my understanding, you can find more information on the clemency process on the board of pardons and paroles website. The decision against Pruett today was unanimous.

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    Pruett has arrived at the death house at Huntsville. Robert has made the 40 mile trip before and most likely his last! Expect to be heading to SCOTUS. Final say comes from Justice Neil Gorsuch.

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    i actually feel sorry for him. Not going to argue why I do, i just do. there are some cases that split opinion and this is one. I've always believed that a death Penalty should only be used when there is no doubt.. there is some doubt in this.

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    This may take awhile tonight I suspect there will be a flurry of appeals. Unfortunately I couldn't get off work tonight but hope to be out early enough to get in chat before the zero hour. hopefully around 8:00 see you all then

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    #SCOTUS has denied Robert Pruett's latest appeal. His execution is scheduled for after 6 p.m. https://t.co/fOCv3yVCeU #deathpenalty https://t.co/KcyIc3XLSE
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    Inmate executed in Texas for prison guard's death

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- A Texas inmate convicted in the death of a prison guard was put to death Thursday after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his lawyer's attempts to halt the execution.

    Robert Pruett was given a lethal injection for the December 1999 death of corrections officer Daniel Nagle at a prison southeast of San Antonio. Nagle was repeatedly stabbed with a tape-wrapped metal rod, though an autopsy showed he died from a heart attack that the assault caused.

    Prosecutors have said the attack stemmed from a dispute over a peanut butter sandwich that Pruett wanted to take into a recreation yard against prison rules.

    In his final statement before being put to death, the 38-year-old Pruett said he hurt a lot of people and a lot of people hurt him. He said he was sorry and held no grudges.

    "I've had to learn lessons in life the hard way," he said. "One day there won't be a need to hurt people."

    He told his friends who were watching the execution through a window that he loved them. "I'm ready to go," Pruett said. "Nighty night. I'm done, warden."

    As the lethal dose of the powerful sedative pentobarbital began to flow, he started chanting: "Love. Light. It's forever."

    His voice rose as he repeated the phrase. He added obscenities and soon was yelling. He started to slur his words before slipping into unconsciousness. He was pronounced dead at 6:46 p.m. CDT.

    Pruett, who was already serving a 99-year sentence for a neighbor's killing near Houston when he was convicted in Nagle's death, lost two appeals at the Supreme Court as his execution neared. He became the 20th prisoner put to death this year in the U.S. and the sixth in Texas, which carries out the death penalty more than any other state. Texas executed seven inmates last year.

    Pruett's lawyers had asked the high court to review whether lower courts properly denied a federal civil rights lawsuit that sought additional DNA testing in his case. They also questioned whether a prisoner like Pruett, who claimed actual innocence in federal court because of newly discovered evidence after exhausting all other appeals, could be put to death.

    Pruett avoided execution in April 2015, hours before he could have been taken to the death chamber, when a state judge halted his punishment so additional DNA testing could be conducted on the rod used to stab the 37-year-old Nagle. The new tests showed no DNA on the tape but uncovered DNA on the rod from an unknown female who authorities said likely handled the shank during the appeals process after the original tests in 2002.

    Pruett's attorneys unsuccessfully sought more DNA testing and filed a federal civil rights lawsuit arguing Pruett had been denied due process. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the lawsuit last week, and the lawyers appealed to the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

    Attorneys for Texas told the Supreme Court that Pruett's appeals were delay tactics after issues were "repeatedly raised" and "properly rejected" by the courts.

    No physical evidence tied Pruett to Nagle's death at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's McConnell Unit near Beeville. At his 2002 trial, prisoners testified that they saw Pruett attack Nagle or heard him talk about wanting to kill the guard. According to some of the testimony, he talked about possessing a weapon as well.

    Pruett had said he was framed and that Nagle could have been killed by other inmates or corrupt officers at the McConnell Unit.

    Pruett's 99-year murder sentence was for participating with his father and a brother in the 1995 stabbing death of a 29-year-old neighbor, Raymond Yarbrough, at the man's trailer home in Channelview, just east of Houston. Pruett was 15 when the attack happened.

    According to court testimony from a sheriff's detective, Pruett argued with Yarbrough and then got his father and brother to join him in attacking the man. Pruett punched and kicked Yarbrough and held him down while his father stabbed the man multiple times, the detective said.

    Pruett's father, Howard Pruett, is serving life in prison. His brother, Howard Pruett Jr., was sentenced to 40 years.

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories...MPLATE=DEFAULT
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