Postponed execution set to go

Nov. 14, 2001 at 1:19 PM

HUNTSVILLE, Texas, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Convicted killer Jeffery Eugene Tucker, whose execution was postponed for two months by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, was set to receive a lethal injection Wednesday.

Gov. Rick Perry granted Tucker a 30-day stay on Sept. 11 because he had no access to the U.S. Supreme Court to make any last-minute appeals. The stay came only hours before he was scheduled to die at a state prison in Huntsville.

Tucker, 41, is now scheduled to receive a lethal injection at 6 p.m. CST Wednesday for the 1988 robbery and murder of 65-year-old Wilton Humphreys at Granbury, Texas. He would be the 15th convicted killer executed this year in Texas.

Another death row inmate, Emerson Rudd, 31, is scheduled to receive a lethal injection Thursday for the 1988 murder of a 23-year-old Dallas restaurant manager during a robbery that netted $800.

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