For the third time this year, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay of execution to former Army recruiter Cleve Foster, who was scheduled to die yesterday for the rape-slaying of a woman in Fort Worth nearly 10 years ago, the Associated Press reports. “I did not do this crime,” Foster told his lawyer. “I know there are those out there who have hard feelings against me, but I did not do this.”
Unlike his previous trips to the death house in Huntsville, Tx., the reprieve came before Foster was served his requested final meal, which included two fried chickens and a 5-gallon bucket of peaches. Foster and Sheldon Ward were convicted of fatally shooting Nyanuer “Mary” Pal, 30, whose body was found in a ditch by workers in 2002. Ward died last year of cancer.