COPY-Texas inmate set to die for killing 3 teens


Associated Press

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A former auto mechanic who shot and killed three former housemates as they slept 14 years ago in Amarillo asks the U.S. Supreme Court to spare him from the Texas death chamber.

Convicted killer John Balentine is set to die Wednesday evening in Huntsville.

A reprieve for the 43-year-old ex-con from Arkansas would be his third in as many years. Last year, he came within an hour of lethal injection before justices stopped the punishment.

His attorney contends Balentine had poor legal help during his trial and early appeals and jurors weren't able to consider his childhood difficulties before they condemned him.

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