Two Death Row Inmates Lose Appeals Before U.S. Supremes, 1 Involves Bryan Area Murder

HOUSTON (AP) _ The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review appeals from two Texas death row inmates, including a man who suffocated a 2-year-old Utah girl on Christmas Day 1997 and buried her in a suitcase near Houston.

Britt Ripkowski was condemned for the slaying of Dominque Frome. Evidence showed the child was murdered two days after her mother, Ripkowski’s ex-girlfriend, was killed and left in a field near the Utah-Colorado border. Riplowski also was charged with her death.

In the second case, the high court refused the appeal of Marcus Druery. The Waco college student went to death row for fatally shooting and robbing a fellow student outside Bryan on Halloween 2002. Dreury and 20-year-old victim Skyyler Browne both were attending Texas State Technical College in Waco.

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