HUNSTVILLE, Texas — An ex-con who confessed to killing five people at a suburban Dallas car wash a week after he was fired from his job there is looking to the U.S. Supreme Court to spare him from the Texas death chamber.
Forty-year-old Robert Wayne Harris is to die Thursday evening for two of the five slayings 12 years ago at the Mi-T-Fine Car Wash in Irving. He also led police to the remains of a woman killed months before the March 2000 rampage.
Harris didn't deny the slayings but his lawyer contends he's mentally impaired, making him ineligible for the death penalty. His attorney also questions the jury makeup at Harris' trial in Dallas, contending prosecutors improperly removed black prospective jurors from serving on the panel.