East Texan convicted of capital murder gets reprieve

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 12:16pm

A 29-year-old East Texan sentenced to die this week for a fatal shooting, during an aggravated robbery and kidnappings from a Rusk gas station, has won a reprieve from a federal judge.

Beunka Adams was set to die by lethal injection Thursday evening in Huntsville for the September 2002 death of Kenneth Vandever, 37, outside Rusk. Vandever, along with two women, were abducted during the robbery. One of the women was raped, and all three people were shot. The women survived.

The reprieve was granted by U.S. District Judge Michael Schneider in Texarkana, after Adams' legal team convinced him that the execution should be delayed so that the court could review allegations that Adams received poor legal counsel previously.
The Texas Attorney General can appeal the reprieve, but it's unclear as to whether they'll do so or not.



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