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TX Set to Execute Convicted Killer: A Texas man convicted of killing a 13-year-old girl and attempting to kill another girl is scheduled to be executed Thursday evening after an appeals court rejected his final challenge.  Brendan O'Brien of Reuters reports that 49-year-old Tommy Lynn Sells went to the home of a man who owed him drug money and sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl and stabbed her to death before he slit the throat of another little girl sleeping in the bed above her.  According to media reports, Sells has also confessed to 70 additional murders which he claims to have committed since the age of 16.  If his  execution is carried out, he will be the 15th murderer put to death in the U.S. this year.

Murder Defendant Accused in Cellmate's Death: A Phoenix man who told authorities that he murdered his 12-year-old half-brother last month because he "felt like it" is now accused of stabbing his cellmate to death in a Maricopa County Jail last night.  Paul Davenport of the Associated Press reports that officers found the body of 27-year-old Andrew Ward's cellmate Wednesday evening after hearing reports of an inmate fight.  33-year-old Douglas Walker had been stabbed in the eyes with a pencil and had his throat cut with a plastic playing card before he was beaten to death in the cell he shared with Ward.  Ward admitted to officers that he was responsible for Walker's death.   
Shooting at Ft. Hood Leaves Four Dead: A shooting yesterday at Ft. Hood in Texas left several injured and four dead, including the gunman.  Dana Ford of CNN reports that the suspect, an Iraq war veteran who had been transferred to Ft. Hood in February, opened fire on the Army post Wednesday afternoon killing three and injuring 16 more before turning the gun on himself.  A similar mass shooting incident took place at Ft. Hood in November 2009, that incident left 13 dead and 32 injured.  The suspect in the 2009 shooting, Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, was convicted of murder and the jury has recommended a death sencence.

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