Prison guard’s killer ex­e­cuted in Texas

The Columbus Dispatch - - Nation&world -

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — A Texas in­mate con­victed in the death of a prison guard was put to death Thurs­day af­ter the U.S. Supreme Court re­jected his at­tor­ney’s at­tempts to halt the ex­e­cu­tion.

Robert Pruett, 38, was given a lethal in­jec­tion for the De­cem­ber 1999 death of cor­rec­tions of­fi­cer Daniel Na­gle at a prison south­east of San An­to­nio. Na­gle was re­peat­edly stabbed with a tape-wrapped metal rod, although an au­topsy showed he died from a heart at­tack that the as­sault caused.

Pros­e­cu­tors have said the at­tack stemmed from a dis­pute over a peanut-but­ter sand­wich that Pruett wanted to take into a recre­ation yard against prison rules. Thurs­day that in­ves­ti­ga­tors are re­view­ing po­lice files to see if any­one else re­ported be­ing as­saulted or ha­rassed by him. So far, no filed com­plaints have been found, he said, other than one well-known case that prompted an in­ves­ti­ga­tion in 2015.

Lon­don po­lice were also look­ing into a claim re­ceived from the Mersey­side force in north­west­ern Eng­land, Bri­tish me­dia re­ported Thurs­day. Mersey­side po­lice said the al­le­ga­tion was made a day ear­lier and con­cerned “an al­leged sex­ual as­sault in the Lon­don area in the 1980s.” Ross told a House panel that new cost es­ti­mates show the 2020 cen­sus will cost $15.6 bil­lion, 27 per­cent more than ear­lier pro­jec­tions.

Among the fac­tors for the higher cost es­ti­mates, ac­cord­ing to Ross, are tight­en­ing la­bor mar­kets and overly op­ti­mistic pro­jec­tions from the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion about the sav­ings that new tech­nol­ogy would pro­vide. that in­crease the fir­ing rate of a weapon. A day ear­lier, the state House voted 151-3 in fa­vor of a bump-stock ban.

The two ver­sions must be rec­on­ciled be­fore a fi­nal bill is sent to Re­pub­li­can Gov. Char­lie Baker, who has said he would sign a ban.

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