Death Penalty

Texas Prepares to Execute Ninth Prisoner This Year

Barring Supreme Court intervention, he'll be put to death at 7 p.m. Eastern


Texas is scheduled to execute its ninth prisoner this year today as death row inmate Cleve Foster, 48, fights for a last-minute stay from the U.S. Supreme Court.

Foster was convicted in 2002 of helping his roommate, Sheldon Ward, kill a Fort Worth, Texas, woman and hide her body in the woods. Ward, however, wrote a death-bed note before he died in prison saying that he'd acted alone, and Foster had nothing to do with the murder. Foster maintains his innocence.