Court Halts Texas Execution Of Ex-Army Recruiter

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked the execution of a former Army recruiter for the rape-slaying of a woman in Fort Worth nearly 10 years ago.

Forty-seven-year-old Cleve Foster was set to die Tuesday evening in Huntsville.

The high court twice earlier this year had stopped Foster's scheduled lethal injection as his punishment was imminent. This latest court ruling came less than three hours before Foster could have been taken to the Texas death chamber.

Foster was one of two men convicted and sent to death row for fatally shooting a 30-year-old woman whose body was found in a ditch by pipeline workers in Fort Worth in February 2002. His partner died last year of cancer.