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Jul 16, 2013 5:49 PM by Associated Press

Supreme Court Won't Stop Execution for Murder in Victoria

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to stop the scheduled execution of a Texas man convicted of fatally shooting a retired sheriff's deputy during the robbery of an amusement center more than a decade ago.

John Manuel Quintanilla is set for lethal injection Tuesday evening in Huntsville for gunning down 60-year-old Victor Billings at a game room in Victoria. The 2002 slaying came just a few months after Quintanilla had been released from prison after serving a sentence for several burglary convictions.

Lawyers for the 36-year-old Quintanilla then filed another identical appeal with a lower federal court, contending his confession was coerced by authorities and that the statement improperly was allowed into evidence at his trial in 2004.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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