The only reason why I posted this article is because this man was convicted of killing a Houston police officer. Only one person. Maybe I have a sense of twisted sense of justice or something but I was under the impression that you had to kill at least two people to get the death penalty. Anyway do you agree with the state of Texas decision? Personally I would have him extradited back to Mexico and be done with it.
Edgar Tamayo was the first inmate executed in Texas so far this year
and one of several Mexican inmates who attorneys and officials contend
should have been given proper counsel.
A cop-killing Mexican man has been executed in Texas despite pressure from his home country to halt the punishment.
Edgar Tamayo, 46, was put to death by lethal injection Wednesday night
for the shooting of Houston cop Guy Gaddis, 24, in Jan. 1994.
Asked by a warden if he had a final statement, Tamayo mumbled “no” and shook his head.
He took a few breaths as the deadly dose of pentobarbital began taking
effect. He then made one slightly audible snore before all movement
stopped. He was pronounced dead 17 minutes after the drug was
administered, at 9:32 p.m. CST.
Tamayo's cousin Edelmira Arias is comforted while weeping in his parents' home in Miacatlan, Mexico, Wednesday.
The execution at the Texas State Penitentiary at Huntsville was delayed
by three hours while the Supreme Court considered — and rejected —
last-minute appeals of Tamayo’s case.
Tamayo’s attorney and the Mexican government argued that Tamayo’s case
was tainted because he wasn’t informed, under an international
agreement, that he could get legal help from the Mexican consulate after
his arrest in the officer’s slaying.
Attorneys also unsuccessfully argued that Tamayo was mentally impaired, making him ineligible for capital punishment.
A woman holds up a sign
Sunday showing a photo of the Texas death-row inmate that reads in
Spanish ‘The town of Miacatlan offers you our support, Edgar Tamayo
Several dozen police officers and other supporters of Gaddis revved
their motorcycles before witnesses were allowed into the death chamber.
Tamayo called no one to witness his death.
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He avoided eye contact with Gaddis’ mother, two brothers and two other
relatives who watched the grim proceeding through a window.
“He’s a coward, just like when he shot my brother in the back of the head, and he died a coward,” Glen Gaddis said.
Sofia Alfaro (center) prays
with other members of the Cristo Rey Catholic Church during a vigil held
for Tamayo in front of the State Capitol in Austin Wednesday.
The execution was the first of the year in Texas, which consistently
kills the highest number of inmates of any state. Sixteen prisoners were
executed in Texas last year.
“It doesn’t matter where you’re from,” said Lucy Nashed, spokeswoman
for Gov. Rick Perry. “If you commit a despicable crime like this in
Texas, you are subject to our state laws, including a fair trial by jury
and the ultimate penalty.”
Mexico had said it “strongly opposed” the execution.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry presides over the state where the death penalty is most active.
Gaddis, who had been on the force for two years, was driving Tamayo and
another man from a robbery scene when the officer was shot three times
in the head and neck with a pistol Tamayo had concealed in his pants.
The car crashed, and Tamayo fled on foot but was captured a few blocks
away, still in handcuffs, carrying the robbery victim’s watch and
wearing the victim’s necklace.
Secretary of State Kerry previously asked Texas Attorney General Abbott
to delay Tamayo’s punishment, saying it “could impact the way American
citizens are treated in other countries.” The State Department repeated
that stance earlier Wednesday but had no immediate comment following the
Tamayo was in the U.S. illegally at the time of the murder and had a
criminal record in California, where he had served time for robbery and
was paroled, according to prison records.
With News Wire Services