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By: Fox S.A. Staff
(AP) -- Texas prison officials have executed a registered sex offender for the rape, robbery and slaying of a woman abducted from a San Antonio bus stop 11 years ago.
Ramon Torres Hernandez was one of three people convicted in the killing of 37-year-old Rosa Maria Rosado.
She was pulled into a car Hernandez was driving after she refused to let go of her purse during a drive-by robbery.
The 41-year-old Hernandez was on parole at the time of his arrest in Rosado's death.
He also was a suspect in the slayings of three teenagers and a 12-year-old girl.
The U.S. Supreme Court refused last month to review Hernandez's death sentence and no late appeals were filed in the courts to block the lethal injection tonight.
Appeals court vacates West Texas corruption ruling
June 19, 2013 20:10 GMT
EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- A federal appeals court has overturned a ruling by a West Texas judge that resulted in a six-year prison sentence for a man accused of fraud.
The federal panel determined in a filing Tuesday that the judge interfered with plea negotiations involving Adrian Pena. The El Paso contractor pleaded guilty in December 2010 to fraud for his participation in a scheme to bribe officials to win county contracts.
The appeals court says federal Judge Frank Montalvo's condition that a separate civil case involving Pena be resolved before he accepted the plea induced Pena to cooperate with the government in the investigation and plead guilty, rather than continue bargaining.
The ruling orders the guilty plea and six-year prison sentence vacated and requires further proceedings be handled by a different judge.
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