Supreme Court won't halt execution over Texas car wash killings

Thu Sep 20, 2012 6:10pm EDT

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(Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to halt the scheduled execution of a man convicted over execution-style killings at a Texas car wash 12 years ago.

Without comment, the court rejected a request for a stay by Robert Wayne Harris, 40, who is expected to face lethal injection on Thursday evening.

Prosecutors said Harris, during a robbery at the Mi-T-Fine Car Wash in Irving, Texas, on March 20, 2000, shot six employees, five fatally at close range, after forcing them to the floor. Harris was convicted in two of the deaths.

In his appeal, Harris, who is black, claimed that his rights were violated when prosecutors refused to seat blacks on his jury, leaving an all-white jury to return a guilty verdict.

(Reporting by Corrie MacLaggan in Austin, Texas; Editing by Gary Hill; and Terry Baynes and Jonathan Stempel in New York)

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