HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) _ As the hours ticked by ahead of his scheduled execution, Gary Graham refused meals and fought with guards who were moving him to the prison where he is set to die, authorities said Thursday.

The fate of Graham, his court appeals exhausted, rested Thursday with the 18-member Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, which could recommend that Gov. George W. Bush issue a 120-day reprieve, a commutation or a pardon.

His execution, scheduled for Thursday evening, had drawn exceptional scrutiny, largely because of Bush's presidential bid, the national re-examination of capital punishment, and questions about the strength of the case against Graham.