- Associated Press - Monday, April 6, 2015

HOUSTON (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has refused an appeal from Alabama man on Texas death row for the drug-related slayings of four people in Houston nearly 23 years ago.

Attorneys for 44-year-old Arthur Brown went to the high court after lower federal courts rejected arguments Brown should be provided $7,500 to pay for a mitigation specialist to help with his clemency petition. The specialist estimated the investigation would cost $20,000.

The justices, without comment, refused Monday to review his case.

Evidence showed Brown, from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and known as “Squirt,” was part of a ring shuttling drugs between Texas and Alabama.

Six people were shot in June 1992, four fatally, in what was seen as an attempt to eliminate a Houston couple as middlemen in the drug deals.

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