Supreme Court Rejects Appeals Of 2 Texas Death Row Inmates

HOUSTON (October 29, 2012)—The U.S. Supreme Court rejected the appeals of two Texas death row inmates Monday including the case of a Louisiana parole violator who’s scheduled set to die this week for the murder of an East Texas woman at her home nine years ago.

Donnie Lee Roberts, 41, scheduled to receive a lethal injection Wednesday evening in Huntsville.

He was living with Vicki Bowen, 44, at her home on Lake Livingston in 2003 when she was found shot twice in the head.

A television and a truck were taken and Roberts had the truck when he was arrested.

He confessed to authorities to her killing and also to a slaying in Louisiana 12 years earlier.

The high court gave no explanation for its ruling Monday.

The court also refused to hear an appeal from Elroy Chester, whose lawyers argued that he is mentally impaired and ineligible for execution under Supreme Court guidelines.

He was convicted of capital murder in the 1998 shooting death of Willie Ryman III, who was trying to keep Chester from raping his two nieces at their Port Arthur home when he was killed.

Prosecutors argue that Chester was not mentally impaired.

Chester, who has been linked to at least five murders and three rapes, pleaded guilty to Ryman's slaying.