Texas is set to execute the 199th person under the current Texas governor Rick Perry, who has been governor for more executions than any other person in U.S. history. Michael Riley would be the 438th person executed since 1982 in the nation’s number one execution state.
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HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) – A man condemned for the 1986 stabbing death of an East Texas store clerk during a robbery faces execution tomorrow.
Michael Riley would be the 15th condemned killer to have his penalty carried out this year in Texas.
Authorities say Riley was a regular customer at the Shop-A-Minit store in Quitman when he killed clerk Wynona Lynn Harris and stole about $1,000.
Riley in 2005 was within days of execution when lawyers won a court-ordered reprieve by arguing that he was mentally disabled and ineligible for execution.
But Riley says he’s not expecting a stay this time around, and he’s asked friends “to not pray for no stay.”
The Texas Pardons and Parole Board voted Friday not to recommend granting a 120-day reprieve sought by the defense.
Quitman is about 75 miles east of Dallas.