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Despite mounting doubts about his guilt, Ivan Cantu running out of time to avoid Texas’ death chamber

Convicted of killing his cousin and his cousin’s fiancée, the death row inmate hopes recanted testimony and other new details spur a review of his case.

Ivan Cantu poses for a photo in the visitation room of the Polunsky Unit on Jan. 31, 2024. This is Cantu's third time being on death row.

The Allan B. Polunsky Unit is located in Livingston, Texas on Jan. 31, 2024. Fences line the outside of the prison.
Waterfront houses on Lake Livingston are located minutes away from the Polunsky Unit on Jan. 31, 2024. Houses include docks for boats and other lake activities.

Rejection without explanation

The Huntsville Unit Texas State Penitentiary houses the execution chamber of Texas and is located in Huntsville on Jan. 31, 2024.
Ivan Cantu poses for a photo on Jan. 31, 2024. Cantu is locked in a room for visitation and uses a telephone to speak to a reporter.

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