An escaped murderer from Mexico has been executed in Texas for fatally beating a former Baylor University history professor and attacking his wife near Kerrville in 1997, The Associated Press reported.
Ramiro Hernandez-Llanas, 44, was lethally injected Wednesday evening in the state's death chamber in Huntsville. He was pronounced dead at 6:28 p.m.
He was in the U.S. illegally when he was arrested for the October 1997 slaying of Glen Lich.
Hernandez-Llanas is the sixth Texas prisoner executed this year and second in a week to receive lethal injection with a new supply of pentobarbital, the AP reported.
Hannah Moss, 20, a track athlete at Southern Methodist University was found dead in her off-campus apartment, university officials said. Foul play is not suspected, they said. (By Ryan Wood, WFAA Channel 8)
Texas has obtained a new batch of the drugs it uses to execute death row inmates, allowing the state to continue carrying out death sentences once its existing supply expires at the end of the month. (By The Associated Press)
A Mexican national was executed Wednesday for killing a Houston police officer, despite pleas and diplomatic pressure from the Mexican government and the U.S. State Department, The Associated Press reports.
Edgar Tamayo, 46, was executed for the January 1994 fatal shooting of Officer Guy Gaddis, 24.
Numerous police officers and supporters of the slain patrolman were revving their motorcycles outside of the prison before witnesses were let inside the death chamber.
Texas on Wednesday executed its 500th inmate since resuming capital punishment in 1982.
Kimberly McCarthy, 52, of Lancaster was put to death for the 1997 murder of her 71-year-old neighbor. She was also the first woman executed in the U.S. in nearly three years, according to The Associated Press.
Authorities say McCarthy cut off her victim's finger to remove her wedding ring. It was among three slayings linked to McCarthy, a former nursing home therapist who became addicted to crack cocaine, the AP reported.
Steven Lawayne Nelson, sentenced in mid-October to die for the robbery-slaying of Arlington pastor Clint Dobson, and the severe beating of a church secretary, said he has not had any violent episodes since arriving on death row.
He said he is "trying to maintain my behavior."
But Bob Gill, who prosecuted Nelson, is not impressed. Nelson is suspected of strangling another jail inmate while awaiting trial.
"As soon as he gets any indication of an opportunity, he will be violent again," Gill said. "It's not a tribute to Mr. Nelson if he's not been violent on Death Row. It's a tribute to the procedures they have on Death Row."
A registered sex offender was put to death Wednesday for the rape, robbery and slaying of a woman abducted from a San Antonio bus stop 11 years ago.
Ramon Torres Hernandez was one of three people convicted in the killing of Rosa Maria Rosado, 37, who was pulled into a car Hernandez was driving after she refused to let go of her purse during a drive-by robbery.
Before he died, Hernandez, 41, glanced briefly at relatives of his victim and said: "I'm very sorry for all the pain."