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Another round of heavy rain moving through portions of SE Texas today. Some heavy showers and thunderstorms were as far north as China and Nome this morning. By this evening most of the rain will start to move out. Highs today will reach the mid 80's. Our coverage of showers goes down to 50% for Friday with highs in the upper 80's.
5th Circuit judge refuses to remove herself from Chester case
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- by Michael Graczyk
A federal appeals court judge has refused a request from lawyers for a convicted killer facing execution this week that she take herself off his case because she's biased against him.
Elroy Chester is set for lethal injection Wednesday evening for killing a Port Arthur firefighter 15 years ago. Chester confessed to five slayings and pleaded guilty to fatally shooting 38-year-old Willie Ryman III.
His lawyers say 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Edith Jones delivered a lecture earlier this year in Pennsylvania that indicated a bias. Jones Tuesday refused their motion that she remove herself from his case so another judge could look at it.
Jones was part of a majority ruling in 2011 rejecting an appeal that Chester was mentally impaired and ineligible for execution.