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US Supreme Court asked to halt Texas execution amid questions about racial reference at trial
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) ' Attorneys for a Texas death row inmate are appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court just hours before the man's scheduled execution.
Forty-eight-year-old Duane Buck is scheduled for lethal injection Thursday evening for fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend a week after they broke up in June 1995. The shootings also killed a man in her Houston apartment.
Buck also has asked Texas Gov. Rick Perry for a reprieve.
Buck's lawyers are basing their appeal in part on a question about race that was asked during the punishment phase of his capital murder trial.
Defense attorneys argue that a psychologist under cross-examination by a prosecutor violated Buck's constitutional rights when he was asked whether black people were more likely to commit violence.
The Texas attorney general's office says there was no error.