Violent inmate to die Tuesday for double slaying

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A twice-convicted killer with a history of violence that continued even after he was sent to death row heads to the state death chamber in Huntsville tonight.

Leon David Dorsey IV is to die for gunning down two Dallas video store workers during a robbery 14 years ago. The 32-year-old inmate would be the seventh prisoner executed this year in the nation's most active death penalty state and the first of two inmates scheduled to die this week. Two more are to die next week.

He's to die for the deaths of James Armstrong and Brad Lindsey at a Blockbuster video store where they worked.

The U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year upheld his conviction and death sentence. No late appeals are pending to try to block Dorsey's lethal injection.

Prison records showed that since Dorsey arrived on death row eight years ago, he's had at least 95 disciplinary cases, including a 2004 attack where he used an 8½-inch shank to stab an officer 14 times in the back. The officer's body armor prevented serious injuries. Less than two weeks ago, authorities recovered another shank from his cell.

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