Steak and Ale Killer Gets Reprieve

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    The Texas death chamber in Huntsville.

    A Colorado halfway house escapee condemned for a slaying more than two decades ago in Fort Worth has received a reprieve from his execution scheduled for Dec. 1.

    A Tarrant County judge Thursday signed an order withdrawing the execution date for 48-year-old Steven Kenneth Staley.

    Staley's attorneys want a hearing to decide whether he's mentally competent to be executed. Staley's case long has focused on whether his competency can be achieved only through the mandated use of drugs.

    Staley was convicted of the October 1989 fatal shooting of Bob Read, the manager of a Steak and Ale restaurant, during a botched robbery.

    Authorities tied him and two companions to a series of robberies, assaults and at least one other murder during a spree across Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma.
     
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