On Death Row 35 Years, Texas Inmate Dies of Natural Causes

Texas prison officials said a man on death row for 35 years for a Houston robbery where three people were shot and killed has died of natural causes.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark said 60-year-old Max Soffar died Sunday at the infirmary at the Polunsky Unit prison, home of the state's male death row.

Soffar had said he was being treated for liver cancer.

He was condemned in 1981, a year after the slayings  of 17-year-old Arden Alane Felsher, her 17-year-old boyfriend, Tommy Lee Temple, and 25-year-old Stephen Allen Sims, an assistant manager at a bowling alley that was being robbed.

Soffar was retried in 2006 and convicted again.

Only six of the some 250 condemned inmates in Texas have served more time than Soffar.

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