Skooter reporting 09/26/12
An ex-Army recruiter was executed Tuesday evening in Texas after he failed to win a fourth reprieve from the U.S. Supreme Court for being involved in the shooting of a woman to death he and a buddy met 10 years ago at a bar.
At 6:43 p.m. CDT, Cleve Foster, 48, was pronounced dead, 25 minutes after his lethal injection began and two hours after the high court rejected to postpone his punishment. Last year the justices stopped three times his scheduled punishment, once when he was moments from being led to the death chamber.
Foster’s attorneys claimed he was innocent of the 2002 killing of Nyaneur Pal, also known as Mary Pal, a 30-year-old immigrant from Sudan. They also maintained he had faulty legal help at his trial and in early stages of his appeals and reasoned his case needed a closer look.
A few months earlier, Foster also was accused but was not tried for the rape-slaying of Rachel Urnosky, 22, another woman in Fort Worth.
Foster expressed love to his family and to God, seconds before the single lethal dose of pentobarbital began. As the drugs began flowing in his veins, repeatedly saying he loved his family, he started snoring and then he was breathless.