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Mexican citizen to be executed in Texas for killing cousin

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Associated Press

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- Attorneys for a Mexican citizen set to be executed Wednesday in Texas for the 1997 abduction and slaying of his 16-year-old cousin say they plan to file multiple federal court appeals hoping to delay his punishment.

Ruben Ramirez Cardenas' lawyers already appealed to state courts, arguing that evidence in his case should undergo new DNA testing because previous testing that pointed to him might not be reliable. Those courts rejected their arguments.

Prosecutors have called the DNA testing request a delay tactic.

Police have said Cardenas told them that he fatally beat Mayra Laguna after abducting her from her home in McAllen and having sex with her in his mother's car. A lawyer for him says the confession was obtained after 22 hours of isolation and intense police questioning.

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