Dallas cop killer to die next week loses at US Supreme Court

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas prisoner facing execution next week for the slaying of a Dallas police officer 14 years ago has lost an appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The high court Monday refused to review the case of 33-year-old Licho Escamilla.

Escamilla is set to die Oct. 14 for gunning down officer Christopher Kevin James during a brawl outside a Dallas club on Thanksgiving weekend 2001. James and three other officers were off duty but in uniform working security at the club. One other officer was wounded in the gunfire and survived.

Escamilla was 19 at the time and already wanted for another slaying. Testimony at his trial showed he also was wounded in the gunfire and was arrested as he tried to carjack a vehicle to flee the scene.