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‘Texas 7′ Member On Death Row Loses Appeal

Mugshots of wanted armed convicts, who escaped from Connally Unit Prison, December 13, 2000. The convicts are top row L-R; Joseph C. Garcia, Randy Ethan Halprin, Larry Jame Harper and Patrick Henry Murphy, Jr. Bottom row, L-R; Donald Keith Newbury, George Rivas and Michael Anthony Rodriguez. (credit: Texas Department of Corrections/Newsmakers)

Mugshots of wanted armed convicts, who escaped from Connally Unit Prison, December 13, 2000. The convicts are top row L-R; Joseph C. Garcia, Randy Ethan Halprin, Larry Jame Harper and Patrick Henry Murphy, Jr. Bottom row, L-R; Donald Keith Newbury, George Rivas and Michael Anthony Rodriguez. (credit: Texas Department of Corrections/Newsmakers)

HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — One of the remaining notorious “Texas 7″ gang members on death row has lost a court appeal.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Wednesday rejected 35-year-old Randy Halprin’s 31 claims challenging the validity of his conviction and death sentence.

Halprin is the youngest of the seven inmates who escaped from a South Texas prison in December 2000 and participated in the shooting death of Irving police officer Aubrey Hawkins weeks later on Christmas Eve. Halprin and the other gang members were tracked to Colorado where one killed himself and the six were captured.

Two already have been executed.

Halprin was serving 30 years for injury to a child from Tarrant County when he and six other violent prisoners broke out of the Connally Unit in Kenedy, about 60 miles southeast of San Antonio.

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