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2nd Texas inmate set for execution this week wants it halted

September 27, 2018

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas death row inmate who insists he didn’t fatally run over his girlfriend in a jealous rage more than 18 years ago is facing execution in what would be the state’s second lethal injection this week.

Daniel Acker is scheduled to die Thursday evening for the March 2000 slaying of Marquetta George of Sulphur Springs.

Prosecutors say Acker ran over George with his truck in rural northeast Texas because he believed she had been unfaithful to him.

Acker’s attorneys have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stay his execution, arguing he’s innocent of capital murder because his 32-year-old girlfriend’s fatal injuries were due to her decision to jump from his truck after he abducted her.

Acker would be the second Texas inmate put to death in as many days.

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