US Supreme Court denies Texas execution stay
HUNTSVILLE — The U.S. Supreme Court refused to give Texas death row inmate Milton Mathis a reprieve, clearing the way for his lethal injection Tuesday evening for fatally shooting two people at a Houston crack house more than 12 years ago.
The ruling came about a half hour before the 32-year-old was set to be taken to the Texas death chamber. His attorneys had argued that Mathis was mentally impaired and therefore ineligible for execution, and that his claims had not received a proper federal review.
Mathis was condemned for a shooting spree that killed Travis Brown III, 24, and Daniel Hibbard, 31, less than two weeks before Christmas in 1998. A 15-year-old girl also was shot and paralyzed. Mathis has said he began shooting in self-defense. At the time of the shootings, Mathis was on probation for aggravated robbery.