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Supreme Court refuses to stop Texas execution

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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.

   John Manuel Quintanilla (kin-tuh-NEE'-uh) is set for lethal injection Tuesday evening in Huntsville for gunning down 60-year-old Victor Billings at a game room in Victoria, about 125 miles southwest of Houston. 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 unsuccessfully contended his confession was coerced by authorities, that the statement improperly was allowed into evidence at his trial in 2004, and that he had poor legal help at his trial and in earlier appeals of his case.

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