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Convicted East Texas killer gets execution date

TYLER, Texas (AP) -- A 50-year-old man on death row for the
slaying of an East Texas man during a home break-in more than 21 years
ago has been set to die April 9.

State District Judge Christi Kennedy in Tyler set the date Thursday for Ricky Lynn Lewis.


Lewis was convicted of the September 1990 shooting death of
45-year-old George Ray Newman. Evidence showed he also raped Newman's
fiancTe at their home in Smith County and stole her car. She managed to
call police to report the attack.

A federal appeals court in
November rejected Lewis' claims he's mentally impaired and ineligible
for the death penalty, clearing the way for the execution date to be
set.

Lewis is among at least nine inmates already scheduled for lethal injection in Huntsville this year.

Convicted East Texas killer gets execution date

Friday, January 4 2013, 01:13 PM CST
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