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HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) _ A Texas inmate condemned for killing a man in 1993 won a reprieve from a federal appeals court Monday, a day before he was to be put to death.

Henry Dunn Jr.'s execution was stayed by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, said Mike Viesca, a spokesman for the Texas Attorney General's Office.

Dunn, 27, was sentenced to death for abducting, robbing and fatally shooting 23-year-old Nicolas West near Tyler in November 1993 in what authorities said was a gay-bashing hate crime.

He and his lawyers contended a previous state-appointed attorney was inexperienced and incompetent, and missed deadlines that made future appeals impossible.