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San Antonio police killer loses at Supreme Court

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HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review an appeal from a 33-year-old Bexar County man sent to death row for the slaying of a San Antonio police officer in 2001.

The ruling Monday upholds a lower appeals court ruling that rejected arguments that Manuel Garza Jr. had deficient legal help at his 2002 trial for killing officer John Riojas.

Evidence showed Riojas was trying to arrest Garza on several outstanding warrants when Garza tried to flee. The officer was shot with his own gun as the pair struggled.

Garza told police in a confession he ran because he didn't want to return to jail.

He does not yet have an execution date.

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