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Death row inmate hoping for a top-court reprieve

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — In the 22 years since convicted killer Delma Banks arrived on death row in Texas, he's seen 299 prisoners taken away for execution.

Barring a U.S. Supreme Court reprieve, he'll become No. 300.

"You're talking to men, one day they move them out and they don't return," Banks, 44, recently told the Houston Chronicle.

Banks, condemned for a fatal shooting near Texarkana 23 years ago, is scheduled to be executed Wednesday night. The appeal of his case to the Supreme Court, though, has drawn support of three former federal judges, including former FBI director William Sessions.

The former judges say problems with lawyers and witnesses in Banks' trial led to a wrongful conviction.