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April 27 execution date set for prisoner condemned for correction officer's slaying


HUNTSVILLE, Texas — A man on death row for the fatal stabbing of a Texas corrections officer 16 years ago has received an execution date.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark said Tuesday 36-year-old Robert Pruett has been set to die April 27.

Pruett faces lethal injection for the December 1999 slaying of Daniel Nagle, a corrections officer at the McConnell Unit in South Texas. Pruett was there serving a 99-year sentence for his part in the 1995 slaying of a neighbor in Channelview, east of Houston.

Last April, a state judge halted Pruett's scheduled execution a few hours before he could have been taken to the Huntsville death chamber.

He's now among at least nine Texas prisoners with execution dates in the coming months, including one set for next week.

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