Man ex­e­cuted for killing nurse

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCALBRIEFING - Com­piled from staff and wire re­ports

Con­victed killer Michael James Perry, 28, was ex­e­cuted Thurs­day for gun­ning down a nurse nine years ago at her sub­ur­ban Hous­ton home.

The U.S. Supreme Court, about 90 min- utes be­fore the lethal in­jec­tion, re­jected a last-day ap­peal from Perry’s lawyers. They un­suc­cess­fully ar­gued they had new ev­i­dence show­ing Perry was al­ready in jail when 50-year-old San­dra Stotler was mur­dered in 2001.

Pros­e­cu­tors said a “moun­tain of ev­i­dence” pointed to Perry — most no­tably that he was seen driv­ing Stotler’s stolen car and bragged about the killing be­fore his ar­rest.

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