Supreme Court grants stay of execution in Texas case

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Posted: Sep 20, 2011 5:04 PM
Supreme Court grants stay of execution in Texas case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday granted a stay of execution for a Texas death row inmate, Cleve Foster, a 47-year-old former Army recruiter who was convicted of a 2002 murder.

The high court granted the stay of execution for Foster about 2-1/2 hours before he was scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection around 6 p.m. local time in Texas. He was convicted of the rape and murder of a young woman he met in a bar in Fort Worth.

The justices in the brief order gave no reason why they granted the stay and said his execution will be delayed while it considers his appeal.

(Reporting by James Vicini; Editing by Jerry Norton)