Latest: Texas executes man who killed city worker in 2005

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Posted: Mar 22, 2016 7:54 PM
Latest: Texas executes man who killed city worker in 2005

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the scheduled execution of a Texas man who killed a city code enforcement worker in 2005 (all times local):

6:45 p.m.

A Texas man who killed a worker who was on his property looking for city code violations has been put to death.

Thirty-three-year-old Adam Ward received a lethal injection Tuesday for the 2005 shooting death of Michael Walker in Commerce, about 65 miles northeast of Dallas. Walker was a code enforcement officer who had been taking photos of junk piled outside the Ward family home.

Ward insisted the shooting was in self-defense, but the 44-year-old Walker only had a camera and a cellphone.

The execution came after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal that argued Ward's mental illness, including delusions, should have disqualified him from the death penalty.

He's the ninth convicted killer executed this year nationally and the fifth in Texas, which carries out capital punishment more than other states.

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4 p.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to block the execution of a Texas man who killed a city code enforcement worker in 2005.

Attorneys for 33-year-old Adam Ward argued a high court ban on executing mentally impaired prisoners should be extended to him because he is severely mentally ill. The court previously has ruled mentally ill offenders may be executed as long as they understand they are being punished and why.

The ruling came just hours before Ward is scheduled to be executed Tuesday evening.

He was convicted of killing 44-year-old Michael Walker in Commerce, about 65 miles northeast of Dallas. Walker had been taking photos of junk piled outside the Ward family home when he was fatally shot.

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12:40 a.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether a Texas man should be spared from a lethal injection as his lawyers argue that a ban on executing mentally impaired prisoners should be extended to him.

Adam Ward's attorneys say he's delusional and should not be put to death because of his mental illness.

His execution is set for Tuesday evening and would be the fifth this year in Texas. It would be the ninth nationally.

The 33-year-old Ward insists he was defending himself when he killed city code enforcement officer Michael Walker in June 2005. Walker was taking photos of junk piled outside the Ward family home in Commerce about 65 miles northeast of Dallas.

Evidence showed Walker had a camera and cellphone but no weapon.