- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 22, 2014

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected appeals for Mexican national Edgar Tamayo, clearing the way for the Texas death row inmate’s execution for the slaying of a Houston police officer 20 years ago.

Tamayo’s case has drawn criticism from the Mexican government and pressure from the U.S. State Department after attorneys argued Tamayo wasn’t immediately advised he could seek help from the Mexican consulate following his arrest in 1994.

The high court considered at least two late appeals. One focused on whether he was mentally impaired and ineligible for the death penalty. The other was related to the consular issue.

The execution was scheduled for after 6 p.m. CST but the death warrant remained in effect until midnight.