Supreme Court Rejects Texas Death Row Inmate’s Appeal

Robert James Campbell (Texas prison photo)

HOUSTON (June 9, 2014) The U.S. Supreme Court Monday rejected the appeal of Texas death row inmate Robert James Campbell, 41, whose attorneys want state officials to disclose the source of the lethal drugs the state uses in executions.

Campbell had a pair of appeals in federal courts last month as his scheduled execution neared.

While the Supreme Court appeal on drug secrecy was pending, a lower federal appeals court halted Campbell’s execution to allow his lawyers time to pursue appeals based on the claim that he's mentally impaired and ineligible for the death penalty.

The justices rejected the drug secrecy argument Monday without comment.

The court has made similar rulings in other cases.

Campbell was sentenced to death for the 1991 rape, robbery and murder of Houston bank teller Alexandra Rendon.

Rendon was kidnapped from in January 1991 from a Chevron station and driven to an isolated area where Lewis and his co-defendant took her jewelry, and then raped her, records show.

Then the men forced Rendon at gunpoint to walk into a field where Campbell told her to run.

Campbell fired once at her and missed and then shot her in the back and left her to die, records show.

The two men fled in the victim’s car.

Rendon's body was found 12 days later.

"This was not a shoot and rob and run away," Rendon's cousin, Israel Santana, said. "The agony she had to go through."

Rendon, who had been making wedding plans, was buried wearing her recently purchased wedding dress.

Campbell was 18 at the time of the murder.