U.S. Supreme Court Denies Execution Stay For Hansen

The U.S. Supreme Court refused Wednesday to stop the scheduled lethal injection of condemned killer Tracy Alan Hansen, putting him only hours from becoming the state's first execution in 13 years.

Without comment, the Supreme Court denied Hansen's request and refused to review his case. There apparently were no other appeals pending that could stop the execution, scheduled for 6 p.m.

Hansen, now 39, shot Trooper Bruce Ladner to death after Ladner pulled him over for speeding in 1987 on Interstate 10. Hansen's female companion was sentenced to life in prison. The trooper was shot once in the shoulder and once in the back as he lay face down on the roadside.