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Texas inmate excuted after court lifts stay

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A man convicted in a 1992 murder case in which the troublred Houston police crime lab allegedly mishandled evidence was executed Tuesday evening despite last minute legal battles and pleas from relatives of the murder victim that his life be spared.

U.S. District Judge Nancy Atlas had blocked Dominique Green's execution after his attorneys argued that boxes of improperly stored and cataloged evidence could contain information relevant to the case.

The state attorney general's office objected to the reprieve, which was then lifted by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to grant a last minute stay.