San Antonio rapper on death row loses appeal

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Associated Press

Posted on December 11, 2012 at 10:32 AM

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review the case of a San Antonio rapper sent to death row for slitting the throat of a recording engineer during a session 14 years ago.

The ruling Monday, without comment, clears the way for Ray Jasper's execution for the November 1998 slaying of 33-year-old David Alejandro.

Evidence showed Jasper hatched a plan to steal equipment from Alejandro's studio to sell it, recruited some partners and was loading gear worth as much as $30,000 when an off-duty police officer arrived at the scene. Jasper fled but was caught days later.

A Bexar (bayr) County jury in 2000 deliberated 15 minutes before convicting Jasper, then took less than two hours to decide on the death penalty. He doesn't yet have an execution date.

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