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Execution Set for Wednesday, but Legal Issues Pending: Texas murderer, Michael John Yowell, is scheduled to be executed this week for the murder of his parents that took place 15 years ago, but legal issues could put a halt to the process. Walt Nett of the Lubbock Avalanche Journal reports that Yowell's final petition for review is pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, which began its term this morning.  Yowell's defense counsel is also asking a federal judge to block the execution in order to hear a challenge to the state's decision to use of a compounding pharmacy to make the execution drug pentobarbitol.  

Kansas Inmate Gets 22 Additional Years After Attacking Guard: A murderer doing hard time in a Kansas prison was sentenced to an additional 22 years on Friday for attacking and nearly killing a prison guard. The Associated Press reports that the additional time will have little effect on whether Dajuan Wilkerson ever leaves prison.  Wilkerson' was serving a 50 year sentence for murder and attempted murder when he attacked the guard. 

US Soldier Stabbed to Death in Possible Hate Crime: Washington police are searching for five black suspects in the weekend murder of a white US Soldier.  Authorities believe that the attack may have been racially motivated.  Jonathan Kaminsky of Reuters reports that the 20-year-old soldier was walking early Saturday morning with two friends when someone in a car driving by allegedly yelled a racist comment.  The car then stopped and the five occupants confronted the soldier, which witnesses report ended with the solider collapsing with multiple stab wounds.  

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