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Parole board rejects clemency for death row inmate

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HOUSTON (AP) - The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has rejected a clemency petition from a condemned prisoner facing execution this week for a triple killing in Amarillo almost 15 years ago.

John Balentine is set for lethal injection Wednesday evening in Huntsville.

The parole board voted 7-0 Monday against recommending clemency for the 43-year-old Balentine.

He was convicted of the fatal shootings of 17-year-old Mark Caylor Jr. and two 15-year-old friends of Caylor as they slept in an Amarillo house. Evidence showed the January 1998 slayings culminated a feud between Balentine and Caylor.

A federal court appeal seeking to halt the execution was rejected Friday by a three-judge-panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Balentine's lawyer has asked the full New Orleans-based court to reconsider the appeal.

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