High court lifts hold on Texan's execution

May 31, 2011 - 10:14 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has lifted its hold on the execution of a Texas man convicted in the shooting death of a woman in 2002.

The court's order Tuesday frees the state to set a new execution date for Cleve Foster, who was hours away from receiving a lethal injection in April when the high court stepped in.

Foster's appeal raised claims of innocence and poor legal help during his trial and early stages of his appeals.

He was sentenced to death for fatally shooting Nyaneur Pal, 30, in Ft. Worth in February 2002.