A northeast Texas man convicted of strangling his girlfriend moved
one step closer to a possible execution date after the U.S. Supreme
Court on Monday turned down his appeal despite what his lawyer described
as a "compelling case of actual innocence."
Daniel Acker was sent to death row in 2001 for the
slaying of Marquetta George. The two were sharing a rented trailer in
Hopkins County in March 2000 when they got in a fight after a night at
the Bustin' Loose nightclub.
Afterward, they parted ways and later Acker went
searching for the 32-year-old Sulphur Springs woman, according to court
filings. Her body was eventually found bloodied and beaten on the side
of a road, and investigators fingered Acker for the killing.
At trial, the defense argued that George jumped out of
the couple's truck and was hit. Prosecutors said her boyfriend strangled
her, then dumped her body.