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'Texas 7' Inmate Randy Halprin Faces October Execution for Irving Officer's 2000 Death

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    'Texas 7' Inmate Randy Halprin Faces October Execution for Irving Officer's 2000 Death
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    In Dec. 3, 2003, death row inmate Randy Halprin, then 26, sits in a visitation cell at the Polunsky Unit in Livingston, Texas. Halprin, a Jewish death row inmate who was part of the "Texas 7" gang of escaped prisoners, has filed an appeal claiming the former county Judge Vickers Cunningham, who convicted him, was anti-Semitic and frequently used racial slurs. Halprin argues that Cunningham should've recused himself.

    An inmate who was one of the "Texas 7" escaped prisoners blamed for the 2000 slaying of Irving police officer Aubrey Hawkins faces execution this fall.

    The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said Randy Halprin is scheduled for execution Oct. 10. TDCJ spokesman Jeremy Desel, in an email Thursday to The Associated Press, said a judge in Dallas signed the order July 3.

    Halprin, who's Jewish, has a federal appeal pending that alleges a different judge who oversaw his capital murder trial was anti-Semitic and used racial slurs. Ex-Judge Vickers Cunningham has denied the allegations.

    Halprin and six others in December 2000 escaped from the Connally Unit. Hawkins was shot while investigating a Christmas Eve robbery.

    An attorney for Halprin didn't immediately return a message Thursday.

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