Justices halt Balentine's Wednesday execution

The U.S. Supreme Court has stopped the scheduled execution of convicted killer John Balentine just over an hour before he was to be taken to the Texas death chamber in Huntsville.

The 42-year-old Balentine was set for lethal injection Wednesday evening for killing three teenagers more than 13 years ago in Amarillo. His lawyers had argued he had poor legal help at his trial and in early appeals of his conviction.

Justices agreed last week to look at an Arizona case that raised similar arguments, but that review won't come until the new court session begins in October.

Another execution is set for Texas on Thursday.