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Rapper on Texas Death Row Loses Appeal

Execution date not yet set for Ray Jasper

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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 San Antonio rapper sent to death row for slitting the throat of a recording engineer during a session 14 years ago.

    The ruling Monday, without comment, clears the way for Ray Jasper's execution for the November 1998 slaying of 33-year-old David Alejandro.

    Evidence showed Jasper hatched a plan to steal equipment from Alejandro's studio to sell it, recruited some partners and was loading gear worth as much as $30,000 when an off-duty police officer arrived at the scene. Jasper fled but was caught days later.

    A Bexar County jury in 2000 deliberated 15 minutes before convicting Jasper, then took less than two hours to decide on the death penalty.

    Jasper doesn't yet have an execution date.