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TX Inmate Executed: The Associated Press reports that Texas executed convicted killer Bobby Lee Hines Wednesday, the state's 11th execution this year. On October 20, 1991, while on probation for burglary, Hines stabbed his victim 18 times and strangled her.  A neighbor heard screaming in the apartment complex and called police, though they were unable to identify the source. In the morning, the landlord, Hines' brother, was convinced by residents to open the victim's door, where she was found brutally murdered. His brother suspected Hines of the killing and he was arrested that morning. Hines had the victim's blood on his clothing and had several of her things with him. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals rejected Hines' appeal last week. The opinion is here.

CO Killer to Be Tried As Adult:
Clayton Sandell and Christina Ng of ABC News report 17-year-old Austin Reed Sigg was told during his first court appearance Thursday, that he will be tried as an adult.  Sigg will be charged with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of criminal attempt, and one count of second-degree kidnapping. Because he is under 18, he will not face the death penalty and Colorado law prohibits him to be sentenced to mandatory life without parole. He was arrested after confessing to his mother that he killed 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway. Sigg is being held without bail and his charges are expected to be formally read Tuesday. Continued from this news scan.

Judge Delays Setting CA Execution Date:
Michelle Durand of the Daily Journal reports that on Wednesday a San Mateo County Superior Court Judge delayed the request by the San Mateo County district attorney to set an execution date for Robert Green Fairbank until after the Nov. 6 election. If Proposition 34 passes, California will no longer have the death penalty. Fairbank pleaded no contest and was sentenced to death for the 1985 attempted sexual assault and murder of a woman in San Francisco.  He stabbed the victim multiple times with a knife, screwdriver, and barbeque fork before lighting her on fire. The hearing was rescheduled for Nov. 16.

CA To Regain Some Prison Healthcare Control: Paige St. John of the Los Angeles Times reports operations of California's prison healthcare system is expected to be turned completely back over to the state in about two years, according to court-appointed overseer J. Clark Kelso. Negotiations are taking place as to how determine the quality of inmate care once control is transferred back to the state. On Friday, Kelso will restore some administrative functions to the state including staffing and equipping new facilities and ensuring inmates are going to hospitals, clinics, and doctor's visits. .

PA Death Row Inmate Seeks to Reopen Case: Mark Scolforo of the Associated Press reports lawyers for Pennsylvania death-row inmate Hubert Lester Michael Jr. asked a federal judge to reopen his case Wednesday despite Michael's repeated indecision about whether to appeal. Michael pleaded guilty to murdering a 16-year-old girl in 1993. The girl had posted an ad to sell a chair to which Michael responded. He later picked her up while hitchhiking, then bound, raped, and killed her. Michael was not charged with the rape due to a lack of evidence. He is set to be executed Nov. 8.

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