A state appeals court has halted this week's scheduled execution of a Texas death row inmate condemned for the slaying of an 81-year-old woman nearly 30 years ago.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted a request Monday by Mark Robertson's attorneys to stay his execution.
The stay came as Robertson's attorneys asked the court to review a 1997 decision in which it had denied a previous appeal over claims that Robertson's trial attorney had worked to keep African Americans off the jury.
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Robertson had been set for lethal injection Thursday for the August 1989 fatal shooting of Edna Brau at her Dallas home.
Robertson received a life sentence for fatally shooting Sean Hill, Brau's 19-year-old grandson, and another life term for killing a convenience store clerk 10 days earlier.