Convicted killer Curtis Paul Harris has once again been scheduled to die by lethal injection for his role in the beating death of a Mumford man 10 years ago.
Unless Harris is granted another stay of execution, he will die on May 4 in a Huntsville prison. This is the second time an execution date has been set for Harris, one of three men convicted in the so-called "Good Samaritan Murder" in 1978.
District Judge John Martin of Conroe set the new date of execution on Friday. Defense attorneys for Harris still have the right to file for additional post-conviction documents to ask that the sentence be commuted to life in prison.
Prosecuting attorney Deena McConnell said Harris' attorneys are planning to ask for another stay of execution.
Harris and his brother, Danny Ray Harris, were both sentenced to die for the beating death of Timothy Merka. Merka, a 27-year-old Mumford Man, was beaten to death with a tire iron on Dec. 11, 1978, after he stopped to help four motorists stranded on Sandy Point Road near Mumford.