Condemned Killer of Texas Game Warden Loses at Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review the case of a 35-year-old Southeast Texas man set for execution later this month for the fatal shooting of a state game warden nine years ago during a poaching arrest.

The high court had no comment Monday in its rejection of the appeal from convicted killer James Freeman.

He's scheduled for lethal injection Jan. 27 for the slaying of 34-year-old Texas Parks and Wildlife game warden Justin Hurst.

Freeman led authorities in March 2007 on an hour-long chase in Wharton County after he used a .22-caliber rifle to shoot a bird sitting on a fence.

Testimony showed that after spikes thrown on a road disabled Freeman's truck, he got out and opened fire with a pistol and an assault rifle, killing Hurst.

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