Convicted Killer of 3 to Die Wednesday

By MICHAEL GRACZYK
|  Tuesday, Jun 14, 2011  |  Updated 10:28 AM CDT
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Convicted Killer of 3 to Die Wednesday

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After six months on the lam, an ex-con wanted for a triple killing in the Texas Panhandle got pulled over in Houston -- 600 miles away -- for driving a car with a broken taillight.

John Balentine gave the traffic officer a false name but the alias showed up as one used by the person wanted for fatally shooting three teenagers in January 1998 in Amarillo.

Now the 42-year-old Balentine is set for lethal injection Wednesday evening in Huntsville. He'd be the fifth Texas prisoner executed this year and the first of two scheduled to die on consecutive days this week in the nation's busiest death penalty state.

His attorneys are hoping to put off the execution, arguing in the courts he had shoddy legal help in earlier appeals.

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