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Jul 18, 2013 9:04 AM

Ex-Grad Student Set To Die For Killing 2

HUNTSVILLE - The U.S. Supreme Court is considering an appeal to block the execution of a former Texas Tech graduate student convicted of a 2001 double slaying in Lubbock.

Vaughn Ross is to die Thursday evening in Huntsville for the fatal shooting of a university dean and an 18-year-old woman who was with him in a car. Prosecutors say Viola McVade was the sister of Ross' girlfriend and had been feuding with Ross. They say Tech's associate dean of libraries, 53-year-old Douglas Birdsall, was at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Ross' attorneys say lawyers at his trial and in earlier stages of his appeals were deficient and his case should be reviewed.

The execution would be the second this week and 10th this year in Texas.

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