Dallas Man Set to Die for Killing Spree Loses Appeal

Wednesday, Sep 5, 2012  |  Updated 1:05 PM CDT
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Irving Car Wash Killer Loses Appeal

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Robert Wayne Harris, 40, is set to die on September 20, 2012. He was convicted of two of five murders at the Mi-T-Fine Car Wash in Irving on March 20, 2000.

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A Dallas man set for execution later this month for a shooting rampage that killed five people during the robbery of a car wash has lost an appeal at the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

Robert Wayne Harris is facing lethal injection Sept. 20. He was convicted of two of the five killings at the Mi-T-Fine Car Wash in Irving in March 2000, three days after he was fired from his job for exposing himself to two female customers at the car wash.

The appeals court Wednesday refused an appeal that raised questions about jury selection at his trial in September 2000. Harris' lawyers can still take appeals to the federal courts.

Prosecutors only tried Harris in the slayings of cashier Rhoda Wheeler, 45, and assistant manager Augustin Villasenor, 36.

A day after he was arrested for the car wash shootings, Harris led police to the decomposing body of 37-year-old Sandra Estes Scott who had been missing about four months. He later admitted shooting her after an argument.

More: Death Row Information - Robert Wayne Harris

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