Conviction upheld for man on Texas death row for gang-related shooting of 2 in Waco in 2011

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HOUSTON — The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld a 25-year-old Waco man's conviction and death sentence for a double slaying more than three years ago.

The state's highest criminal appeals court Wednesday rejected what attorneys for Rickey Donnell Cummings contended were nine errors at his 2012 trial in Waco.

They included arguments of improper jury selection, exclusion of some evidence related to Cummings' background and admission of evidence related to purchase of the assault rifle used in the March 2011 deaths of 20-year-old Keenan Hubert and 17-year-old Tyus Sneed outside a Waco apartment complex.

One of Cummings' companions, Albert Love, last year also was convicted in the shootings and joined Cummings on death row. Prosecutors described both as gang members and suggested the shootings were in retaliation for another slaying.

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