Convicted Texas killer of 3 loses clemency bid

March 23, 2010 5:01:45 AM PDT
The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has rejected a clemency request for convicted killer Hank Skinner, who faces execution later this week for a Texas Panhandle triple slaying more than 16 years ago. Clemency Director Maria Ramirez says the panel's vote Monday was 7-0.

The 47-year-old Skinner is to die Wednesday evening in Huntsville for the fatal bludgeoning of his 40-year-old girlfriend, Twila Busby, and the fatal stabbing of her two adult sons, 22-year-old Elwin Caler and 20-year-old Randy Busby.

All three were killed at their Pampa home on New Year's Eve in 1993.

Skinner long has insisted he's innocent and that he was passed out on a couch, sick from alcohol and codeine use, when the killings occurred.