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Nuremberg Mayor Pleads for Texas Killer

Ulrich Maly, the mayor of the Bavarian town Nuremberg, has pleaded for clemency for an inmate on Texas' death row. Troy Albert Kunkle, a US citizen who was born in Nuremberg and whose mother is German, is scheduled to be executed on Thursday evening by lethal injection for a 1984 robbery that ended in murder. Maly said Kunkle, who was 18 years old at the time and allegedly drunk and under the influence of drugs, should have his sentence commuted to life in prison. Kunkle was to be executed on July 7, but the date was postponed until Nov. 18. In his plea to Texas Governor Rick Perry, Maly said Kunkle had to pay the consequences of his actions, however, the death penalty was "gruesome and inhumane." Texas last executed someone on Wednesday, the 21st time this year.