March 11, 2003 |
The Texas parole board refused Monday to consider a last-ditch appeal from a death row inmate claiming ineffective counsel, saying his paperwork was filed a week late. Delma Banks Jr. faces execution by injection Wednesday for killing a teenager in 1980. He could become the 300th inmate executed in Texas since the state resumed capital punishment 20 years ago. Attorneys for Banks filed the petition 15 days before the scheduled punishment.