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Man on death row for killing Houston medical student loses federal appeal

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HOUSTON — A 33-year-old Houston man sent to death row for abducting and killing a medical student who was returning a movie to a video store near the Houston medical center 14 years ago has lost a federal court appeal.

Attorneys for Perry Williams had argued to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that 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. Court documents show Williams contended the slaying was accidental as Carter tried to flee from the car. Prosecutors said the shooting was intentional.

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

Williams doesn't yet have an execution date.

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