Convicted Killer to Die Tuesday for 2001 Slaying

Monday, Oct 26, 2009  |  Updated 1:30 PM CDT
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Convicted Killer to Die Tuesday for 2001 Slaying

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The Texas death chamber in Huntsville.

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Twenty minutes after 22-year-old Carlos Garza was gunned down at his San Antonio apartment, a security camera at a pawn shop showed someone selling two gold necklaces that belonged to him.

The man in the videotape, identified as Reginald Blanton, was arrested four days later, convicted of Garza's murder and sent to death row.

The 28-year-old Blanton is set to die Tuesday evening for the slaying more than nine years ago. He'd be the 19th inmate Texas has put to death this year.

Blanton's lawyers are at the U.S. Supreme Court trying to halt the execution, arguing black people may have been excluded improperly as potential jurors at his trial in 2001. Blanton is black; his victim was Hispanic.

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