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Inmate Set to Die This Week Loses Appeal

Donnie Lee Roberts to die Wednesday in Huntsville

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    Execution gurney in death chamber at Huntsville, Texas.

    The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review the case of a Louisiana parole violator set to die this week in Texas for the slaying of an East Texas woman at her home nine years ago.

    Forty-one-year-old Donnie Lee Roberts is set for lethal injection Wednesday evening in Huntsville. He was living with 44-year-old Vicki Bowen at her home on Lake Livingston in 2003 when she was found shot twice in the head. A television and a truck were taken and Roberts had the truck when he was arrested.

    He confessed to authorities to her killing and also to a slaying in Louisiana 12 years earlier.

    The high court gave no explanation for its ruling Monday and merely listed Roberts' case with dozens of others in its regular weekly orders.