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The Latest: Condemned Texas inmate loses clemency bid
FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Robert Pruett, who is facing lethal injection Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, for the death of a corrections officer at a South Texas prison in December 1999 . Pruett was there serving a 99-year sentence for another slaying. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP, File)
From Associated Press
October 12, 2017 10:31 AM EST

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The Latest on Texas Execution (all times local):

10:30 a.m.

The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has rejected a clemency petition from death row inmate Robert Pruett.

Pruett is scheduled to die Thursday evening for the 1999 killing of a Texas corrections officer, Daniel Nagle.

Attorneys for the 38-year-old inmate asked the board to recommend to Gov. Greg Abbott that Pruett be given a 120-day reprieve and that his death sentence be commuted to life in prison.

Parole board spokesman Raymond Estrada says the six-member panel unanimously voted Wednesday not to recommend clemency.

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12:05 a.m.

Attorneys for an inmate convicted in a prison guard's death are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to halt his scheduled execution.

They want justices to review whether lower courts properly denied a federal civil rights lawsuit that sought additional DNA testing in Robert Pruett's case and whether a prisoner who claims actual innocence, as Pruett does, can be put to death.

The execution is set for Thursday.

The 38-year-old Pruett was already serving 99 years for a neighbor's killing when he was convicted in the 1999 death of corrections officer Daniel Nagle at a prison southeast of San Antonio. Nagle was stabbed repeatedly with a metal rod and an autopsy showed the assault caused a heart attack that killed him.

Pruett would be the sixth Texas prisoner executed this year.

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