- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A convicted hit man has been set for execution early next year for the 1992 slaying of a San Antonio woman.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark says the prison agency has received Bexar County court documents setting 44-year-old Rolando Ruiz for lethal injection March 7.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals last month lifted a reprieve it gave Ruiz in August, five days before he was scheduled for execution.

Ruiz was condemned for collecting $2,000 to kill 29-year-old Theresa Rodriguez at her San Antonio home in a life insurance scheme involving her husband and a brother-in-law.

In 2007, Ruiz came within an hour of execution before a federal appeals court halted the punishment.

He’s among nine Texas prisoners already with execution dates in 2017.

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