San Antonio rapper set to die for killing studio owner

San Antonio rapper set to die for killing studio owner

Credit: Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice

Ray Jasper

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by The Associated Press

The Associated Press

Posted on March 19, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 19 at 10:16 AM

HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- Attorneys for a former San Antonio rap musician are looking to federal appeals courts to spare him from a lethal injection for an attack and robbery more than 15 years ago that left a 33-year-old recording studio owner dead.
    
Ray Jasper faces lethal injection Wednesday evening in Huntsville for the November 1998 stabbing death of David Alejandro.
    
The 33-year-old inmate acknowledges he cut Alejandro's throat to steal equipment from his San Antonio studio, but he insists a partner was responsible for Alejandro's fatal stab wounds. Two men with Jasper during the attack are serving life in prison.
    
Jasper's lawyers argue to the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that a prospective juror at his San Antonio trial in 2000 was excluded improperly on racial grounds.

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