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Top Texas Appeals Court Won't Stop Next Week's Execution

Attorneys argued Bexar County prosecutors improperly removed a woman from consideration as a juror

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    Top Texas Appeals Court Won't Stop Next Week's Execution
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    FILE - In this July 12, 2008 file photo, a gavel rests on the table of a model court room at Mexico's National Institute of Penal Sciences in Mexico City. The model courtroom has been used by students to prepare for the new legal system that will replace its closed proceedings with public oral trials in which suspects are presumed innocent, legal authorities can be held more accountable and equal justice is promised to all. Yet the decision of three Chihuahua state judges, under the new open oral trial system, to absolve the main suspect in the 2008 murder of a 16-year-old girl has put the country's U.S.-backed judicial reform on trial. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, File)

    What to Know

    • The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has refused to stop the scheduled execution next week of an inmate convicted of fatally shooting

    • Attorneys argued Bexar County prosecutors improperly removed a woman from consideration as a juror

    • The argument was rejected in an earlier appeal as improper and attorneys renewed their arguments

    The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has refused to stop the scheduled execution next week of an inmate convicted of fatally shooting a San Antonio convenience store owner nearly 14 years ago.

    Attorneys for 34-year-old condemned prisoner Christopher Young argued Bexar County prosecutors improperly removed a woman from consideration as a juror at his 2006 trial because her church had a prison ministry. Young's appeals lawyers contended her dismissal was a constitutional violation.

    The argument was rejected in an earlier appeal as improper and attorneys renewed their arguments, saying the legal basis of the new appeal wasn't available when they filed their earlier appeal.

    The court late Tuesday disagreed, saying the filing was improper.

    Young is set to die next week for the November 2004 slaying of Hasmukh "Hash" Patel.