U.S. top court declines to hear Texas death row inmate's appeal

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 23, 2015 9:43 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal filed by Texas death row inmate Lester Bower, including his assertion that three decades on death row amount to cruel and unusual punishment.

Bower, 67, is one of the longest-serving prisoners on death row in Texas. He was sentenced to death for murdering four men in 1983 in an aircraft hangar near Sherman, Texas. Three of the court's nine justices said they would have heard the case.

(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham)