Texas Execution

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Attorneys for convicted killer Kenneth Wayne Morris are looking to the courts to stop his scheduled execution tonight.

Morris is scheduled to die -- on his 38th birthday -- for the murder of a northwest Houston man slain during a burglary.

Morris would be the 10th inmate to die in the Texas death chamber this year and the second of two scheduled to die on consecutive nights in Huntsville.

Last night Texas executed convicted killer Willie Pondexter for the slaying of Martha Lennox.

Morris is scheduled to face the Texas death chamber for the 1991
murder of 63-year-old James Adams.

Attorneys for Morris are asking the courts to block the punishment, arguing his death sentence is unconstitutional because the Harris County district attorney's office pursued the sentence because Morris is black.

Prosecutors denied the allegation, calling it erroneous and unsupported by facts.

Two more executions are set for next week in Texas.


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