A federal appeals court has refused to stop next week's scheduled execution of an East Texas man condemned for setting a fire that killed his young daughter and her two half-sisters at their home 15 years ago.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals late Thursday rejected a petition from an attorney for 36-year-old Raphael Holiday.
Austin-based lawyer Gretchen Sween is arguing Holiday's court-appointed attorneys have abandoned him and his lethal injection scheduled for Wednesday should be stopped so new attorneys can be named for him and pursue appeals.
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Sween said Friday she'll appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Holiday's court-appointed attorneys say his legal issues have been exhausted.
Holiday is facing execution for the three fire deaths at the rural Madison County home of his estranged former common-law wife.