Illegal immigrant from Honduras facing execution

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) _ An illegal immigrant from Honduras convicted in the slaying of a Dallas-area store manager during a robbery is set to be executed this evening.

But his attorneys say his inability to get legal help from his government following his arrest should keep him from the Texas death chamber.

Lawyers say Heliberto Chi was denied rights given to foreigners under international treaty. It's the second death penalty case this week in the nation's most active capital punishment state to focus on diplomatic issues.

An appeal seeking to halt the lethal injection was turned down by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the state's highest criminal court. His lawyers then filed an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ramon Valladares, the Honduran consular assistance director, says that his government also was lobbying U.S. authorities to stop the execution.