Supreme Court refuses appeal from Texas inmate

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Associated Press

Posted on February 19, 2013 at 5:32 PM

HOUSTON (AP) — An Alabama man on death row in Texas for the slayings of four people in Houston more than two decades ago has lost an appeal at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Without comment Tuesday, the high court refused the case of 42-year-old Arthur Brown, of Tuscaloosa, Ala. One of Brown's companions in the June 1992 shootings, Marion Dudley, was executed in 2006. A third partner is serving life.

Authorities say Brown was part of a ring shuttling drugs from Texas to Alabama and the shootings were intended to eliminate a Houston couple as middlemen in the deals.

The four people killed included 32-year-old Jose Tovar; his wife's 17-year-old son, Frank Farias; Farias' 19-year-old girlfriend, Jessica Quinones, who was seven months pregnant; and 21-year-old neighbor Audrey Brown. Two others shot survived.

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