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Texas ice pick killer wants to be executed by a firing squad or gas

Danny Paul Bible, was scheduled to be conducted on Wednesday, 27 June 2018.

(Texas Department of Criminal Justice )

The attorneys for a Texas death row inmate who used an ice pick to kill a woman in 1979, said he wishes to be carried out using nitrogen gas to cut off his oxygen, or by a firing squad, because of his health problems.

Danny Paul Bible, 66, was scheduled to be lethally injected on Wednesday night, but his lawyers argued that his health him unfit for the manner of execution of the death penalty. The advocates of the proposed Bible rolled up in his wheelchair in front of a firing squad or be given to nitrogen gas.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals considered the appeal Tuesday. A federal judge in Houston last week rejected.

No firing squad, nor the nitrogen gas are legal execution methods in Texas and the state legislature is not scheduled to meet again until next year.

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No one dispute the Bible debt in Houston killing of nearly 40 years ago, that went unsolved for two decades for a jury sentenced him to death row.

Bible was located in 1999 and arrested in Fort Myers, Florida, in connection with a Louisiana rape. He asked detectives in West Baton Rouge, La., for a Bible, and a pack of cigarettes and began to talk, with four dead, including a 4-month-old boy, and at least nine rapes. Five rapes were northeast of Houston in San Jacinto County.

The four carnage included 20-year-old Inez Deaton, whose 1979 murder in Houston, went unsolved for about two decades. Deaton, found on the banks of a Houston bayou, was raped and fatally with an ice pick and was a friend of the Bible cousin.

A jury, who convicted him in 2003 of Deaton from the dead, decided that he would die.

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The three other murders, all west of Fort Worth on the same day in May 1983, included Bible sister-in-law, Tracy Powers, her 4-month-old son, Justin, Parker County, and her roommate, Pam Hudgins, in Palo Pinto County. He pleaded guilty to Hudgins’ death and was sentenced to 25 years in prison, served seven, and was released to Montana in 1992 on a form of parole known as mandatory supervision.

At his Houston trial for Deaton of the killing, prosecutors presented evidence of robbery, thefts, assaults, and kidnappings, including the rape of an 11-year-old girl in Montana and his confessions repeated sexual assault of young nieces from 1996 to 1998.

Lawyers previously argued in vain that the Bible remained disabled and in permanent pain after a prison sentence, he was on a journey in 2003 crashed, killing a corrections officer and the driver of another vehicle involved in the wreck.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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