WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court turned away an appeal Monday from a convicted killer who has spent more than 30 years on death row in Texas.
The justices rejected the appeal from Lester Bower of Arlington, Texas. Bower is facing execution next Feb. 10 for the fatal shootings of four people at an airplane hangar on a North Texas ranch in 1983.
Bower’s appeal raised several issues, including his claim that other people were responsible for the deaths. He also contends that executing him now after he has been held for so long on death row would be unconstitutionally cruel.