- Associated Press - Monday, December 15, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review an appeal from a 34-year-old Houston man sent to death row for abducting and killing a medical student who was returning a movie to a video store 14 years ago.

Without comment, the high court Monday ruled in the case of Perry Williams. His lawyers had argued in lower courts he had deficient legal help at his trial for the slaying of 22-year-old Matthew Carter.

Williams testified at his trial that Carter begged for his life before he shot the victim in the head near Houston’s Texas Medical Center where Carter was a first-year student at Baylor College of Medicine. Court documents show Williams contended the September 2000 slaying was accidental.

Evidence showed Williams and three accomplices split $40 taken from Carter.

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