HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has halted the execution of a black man convicted of a double murder in Texas 16 years ago after his lawyers contended his sentence was unfair because of a question asked about race during his trial.
Forty-eight-year-old Duane Buck was scheduled for lethal injection Thursday evening.
At issue was a psychologist's testimony that black people were more likely to commit violence.
A similar request to block the punishment was made to Texas Gov. Rick Perry.