Convict in Houston Carjack Slayings Loses at Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Courst refuses to review appeal of man on death row

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review an appeal from a 27-year-old Houston man on death row for the shooting deaths of a young couple during a carjacking nearly 10 years ago.

The high court, without comment Monday, rejected the case of Dexter Darnell Johnson.

A Harris County jury condemned him for the June 2006 slayings of 23-year-old Maria Aparece, of Sugar Land, and her 17-year-old boyfriend Huy Ngo, of Houston. Aparece was from the Philippines and a pre-nursing student. Ngo had moved to Houston with his family from France.

When his sentence was announced in court, Johnson threw a chair and had to be tackled by sheriff's deputies. Testimony showed he was leader of a gang responsible for several slayings.

He does not yet have an execution date.

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