death penalty news—-TEXAS

March 25


US Supreme Court refuses appeal of Texas death row inmate

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review the case of a Houston-area
man sentenced to death for the rape and strangling of a 7-year-old
neighborhood girl more than a decade ago.

Eric Nenno, 46, had asked the top U.S. court to review last summer's
rejection of his appeal to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The
Supreme Court said Monday it would not review the case.

He argued the silence of a polygraph examiner after he took the lie
detector test improperly coerced him into making an incriminating
statement that led to the discovery of the dead girl's body in the attic
of his home in 1995.

He does not have an execution date. All executions are on hold until the
Supreme Court decides a Kentucky case that challenges the
constitutionality of lethal injection, the method used for capital
punishment in Texas and most other states with the death penalty. A
decision in the case is expected by early summer.

(source: Associated Press)