Texas

Texas man set to die in double slaying over fake drug deal

This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows death row inmate Christopher Wilkins. Wilkins is set for lethal injection Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, as the nation's first execution this year. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)

This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows death row inmate Christopher Wilkins. Wilkins is set for lethal injection Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, as the nation's first execution this year. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A 48-year-old man convicted of killing two men after one laughed about duping him in a $20 phony drug deal is set to die more than 11 years after the Fort Worth, Texas, slayings.

Attorneys for Christopher Wilkins have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to halt his lethal injection scheduled for Wednesday night. If the execution goes ahead, it will be the nation's first this year.

Wilkins told jurors how and why he shot his victims and said he didn't care if he was sentenced to death.

He also testified that he shot and killed another man outside a Fort Worth bar in a dispute over a pay phone, and that he tried to run down two people because he believed one of them had stolen his sunglasses.