Man Condemned for Killing Woman, 85, Loses Supreme Court Appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court won't rehear an appeal from a 38-year-old convicted murderer on Texas death row for robbing and fatally stabbing an 85-year-old Rio Grande Valley woman.

The high court Monday rejected the request from Ruben Gutierrez. His lawyers asked the justices to reconsider their October ruling where they refused to review his case.

Gutierrez was convicted of the 1998 slaying of Escolastica Harrison and robbery of $56,000 from her Brownsville home. Evidence showed she managed and owned a mobile home park from her home and likely was fatally stabbed with screwdrivers.

Among their arguments, Gutierrez's attorneys contended police improperly questioned him, jurors at his trial engaged in misconduct, DNA evidence wasn't timely disclosed and evidence didn't support his conviction and sentence.

Gutierrez doesn't yet have an execution date.

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