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May 13, 2013 11:58 AM by Associated Press

Houston Policeman's Killer Loses Late Appeal

HOUSTON (AP) - A federal appeals court has refused to stop the scheduled execution this week of a man convicted of killing a Houston police officer 14 years ago this week.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Monday rejected an appeal from 37-year-old Jeffrey Demond Williams.

Williams is set to die Wednesday evening in Huntsville for fatally shooting 39-year-old Troy Blando as the officer was trying to handcuff him the morning of May 19, 1999, in a Houston motel parking lot.

Williams was driving a stolen car and Blando was in plain clothes working an auto theft assignment. Blando managed to radio a description of his attacker and police arrested Williams a short time later.

Williams' lawyers still could appeal the 5th Circuit ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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