WASHINGTON, July 7 The U.S. Supreme Court on
Thursday rejected a last-minute stay of execution in a
Texas case involving a Mexican national who was not told of his
right to diplomatic counsel when arrested.
The high court's 5-4 decision was a setback for the Obama
administration, which supported stopping the execution of
convicted murderer Humberto Leal Garcia because of concerns
over international treaty violations.
Leal Garcia, 38, was convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl
and then bludgeoning her to death with a piece of asphalt in
1994 in Texas. He is scheduled to be executed by lethal
injection at 7 p.m. EST on Thursday in Huntsville, Texas.
(Reporting by James Vicini, Editing by Paul Simao)