Ray Jasper (Texas prison photo)
HOUSTON (December 10, 2012)--The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to review the case of San Antonio rapper Ray Jasper, 32, who was sent to death row for slitting the throat of a recording engineer during a session 14 years ago.
The ruling Monday, without comment, clears the way for Jasper's execution for the November 1998 slaying of David Alejandro, 33.
Evidence showed Jasper hatched a plan to steal equipment from Alejandro's studio to sell it, recruited some partners and was loading gear worth as much as $30,000 when an off-duty police officer arrived at the scene.
Alejandro’s throat was slit and then he was stabbed to death, records show.
Jasper fled but was caught days later.
A Bexar County jury in 2000 deliberated for just 15 minutes before convicting Jasper, and then took less than two hours to decide on the death penalty.
He doesn't yet have an execution date.