|Roman Colosseum lit to protest an execution|
Legal challenges included a claim that Adams' trial counsel unreasonably failed to present evidence of Cobb's confession to shooting Vandever. A federal district court had issued a stay of execution to consider claims that his trial and appellate lawyers provided ineffective assistance with regard to several issues. The stay was lifted by the federal appellate court and the Supreme Court refused to intervene.
This is the 17th execution in the United States this year, and the fifth in Texas.