Condemned Texas Inmate Loses Supreme Court Appeal

May 28, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review an appeal from a condemned Texas inmate whose supporters contend his death sentence decided by a Houston jury 17 years ago unfairly was based on race.

With no comment, the high court rejected the appeal from 50-year-old prisoner Duane Buck. The ruling Tuesday was an appeal of a similar rejection from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in November.

Buck was convicted of capital murder and sent to death row for the slaying of his ex-girlfriend and a man at her Houston apartment in July 1995. During the punishment phase of Buck's 1997 trial, a psychologist testifying for the defense said black people were more likely to commit violence.

Advocates for Buck, who is black, say that unfairly influenced the jury.

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