Supreme Court Refuses to Review a Death Sentence Appeal

Threadgill contends his trial lawyers were deficient

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    Execution gurney in death chamber at Huntsville, Texas.

    The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review an appeal from a 38-year-old man sent to death row for a fatal North Texas carjacking nearly 11 years ago.

    Ronnie Paul Threadgill contended his trial lawyers were deficient and instructions to his jury in 2002 were improper when he was given a death sentence for the slaying of 17-year-old Dexter McDonald in Navarro County, south of Dallas.

    Evidence showed McDonald was a passenger in a car in April 2001 when Threadgill ran up and began shooting, fatally wounding him in the chest.

    One of McDonald's companions got out as Threadgill, an ex-con with multiple convictions, jumped in and began driving away. Witnesses said Threadgill stopped, pulled McDonald out and sped off.

    He does not have an execution date.