HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The Newest on the execution of a person convicted of killing a Texas police officer in 2000 (all instances native):
A member of the infamous “Texas 7” gang of escaped prisoners has been executed for the deadly capturing of a suburban Dallas police officer throughout a Christmas Eve theft almost 18 years in the past.
Joseph Garcia acquired deadly injection Tuesday night for the 2000 capturing loss of life of Irving police Officer Aubrey Hawkins.
The 47-year-old Garcia was a part of a gaggle of seven inmates who broke out of a South Texas jail December 2000 and dedicated quite a few robberies earlier than being captured, together with the one throughout which they killed Hawkins.
The group was captured the next month. One inmate killed himself with police closing in, whereas the opposite six have been convicted and sentenced to die. 4 have been executed, together with Garcia, and the opposite two are awaiting execution dates.
The U.S. Supreme Courtroom has refused to halt the scheduled execution of a Texas inmate who was a jail escapee when he was arrested for the slaying of a suburban Dallas police officer.
Joseph Garcia was one of many infamous “Texas 7” gang of inmates who broke out of a South Texas jail in December 2000 and dedicated quite a few robberies, together with one on Christmas Eve when 29-year-old Irving police Officer Aubrey Hawkins was fatally shot.
Garcia’s attorneys had 5 appeals earlier than the Supreme Courtroom that have been rejected Tuesday night, shortly earlier than the 47-year-old Garcia was scheduled for deadly injection.
The escaped inmates have been finally arrested in Colorado, ending a six-week manhunt. One among them killed himself as officers closed in and the opposite six have been convicted of killing Hawkins and sentenced to loss of life. Garcia can be the fourth to be executed. The opposite two are on loss of life row.
Attorneys for a loss of life row inmate who’s scheduled to die say he needs to be spared as a result of he wasn’t the one who killed a suburban Dallas police officer throughout a Christmas Eve theft 18 years in the past.
Joseph Garcia’s legal professionals say the 47-year-old convicted assassin should not be executed Tuesday evening as a result of it was others within the infamous “Texas 7” gang of escaped prisoners who shot and killed Irving police Officer Aubrey Hawkins in 2000. The group was captured the next month in Colorado.
If Garcia’s enchantment to the U.S. Supreme Courtroom fails and he’s executed, he’d be the 22nd individual put to loss of life within the U.S. this 12 months.
Garcia was convicted beneath Texas’ legislation of events, during which an individual may be held accountable for one other particular person’s crime if she or he assisted or tried to assist in the fee of that crime.