SA death row inmate set to die this week loses two appeals

Taichin Preyor convicted of killing Jami Tackett in 2004

HUNTSVILLE, Texas - Texas' highest criminal court and a federal judge have refused to stop this week's scheduled execution of the man convicted of killing a San Antonio woman in 2004.

Taichin Preyor, 46, is set for lethal injection Thursday in Huntsville for killing 24-year-old Jami Tackett during a break-in at her apartment.

Related: Federal appeals court rejects death row inmate's appeal in 1996 rape, murder case

Tackett is described in court documents as a drug dealer and Preyor as a customer and dealer.

Preyor's attorneys contend his trial lawyers didn't properly investigate and tell jurors about his abusive childhood and that an earlier inexperienced appeals attorney relied on a disbarred lawyer for guidance. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and U.S. District Judge Fred Biery in San Antonio rejected their appeals.

Related: SA man on death row loses federal appeal

Preyor's attorneys said Tuesday they're appealing to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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