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‘Texas 7′ Member Among 2 To Get Sentences Reviewed

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HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – One of the infamous “Texas 7″ fugitive gang has won an appeal at the U.S. Supreme Court and will have his death sentence reviewed.

Donald Newbury and another Texas death row inmate won reviews from the nation’s high court Monday on claims they had deficient legal help during initial appeals.

The 49-year-old Newbury was to die Feb. 1 but won a reprieve while the Supreme Court was considering an Arizona case that raised the same issues. That inmate won his appeal earlier this month.

Newbury and six other inmates killed a suburban Dallas police officer after fleeing a South Texas prison. Two gang members already have been executed, the most recent being 41-year-old Georg Rivas. Rivas, who gained infamy as the leader of the Texas 7, was put to death by lethal injection in late February.

The second Texas inmate, Ivan Cantu, was convicted of a fatal shooting during a 2000 robbery in Dallas.

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