East Texas death row inmate loses federal appeal

(AP) - An East Texas man condemned for fatally shooting a disabled man at a convenience store has lost an appeal at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The ruling posted Friday clears the way for prosecutors to seek an execution date for 28-year-old Beunka Adams. Adams was one of two men sentenced to die for the 2002 attack that left 37-year-old Kenneth Vandever dead.

Two female employees at the store in Rusk in Cherokee County were abducted and shot and wounded. One of them was raped.

Adams' co-defendant, Richard Cobb, also is on death row. The women testified Adams was in charge during the holdup and abduction. He also was identified as the man who raped one of the women and initiated their abduction.

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