Texas to kill man convicted in chopper-theft death

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Posted: May 02, 2012 3:43 PM
Texas to kill man convicted in chopper-theft death

A Texas man convicted of murdering a neighbor while on parole for rape is hoping for a last-minute reprieve.

Anthony Bartee is slated to die by lethal injection Wednesday evening for the 1996 killing of David Cook.

Prosecutors say Bartee stabbed and shot Cook at Cook's home because he wanted the man's cherry red Harley Davidson motorcycle.

The 55-year-old Bartee has an appeal pending with the U.S. Supreme Court in which his lawyers say he's innocent and ask for further DNA testing of crime scene evidence. His lawyers also filed a federal civil rights lawsuit in San Antonio on Wednesday over the same issues.