Texas executes Mexican National after court stay rejected

Texas executes Mexican National after court stay rejected

POSTED: Friday, July 8, 2011 - 6:57am

UPDATED: Monday, July 11, 2011 - 8:45am

HUNTSVILLE, Texas - A mexican national who spent 16 years on death row in Texas was executed Tursday despite objections from the White House.

Humberto Leal Garcia was sentenced to death for the 1994 murder of a 16-year-old girl who was beat with a huge chunk of asphalt.

However, his citizenship became a key part of his defense when attorneys said their client was never told he could seek legal assistance from the mexican government.

Mexico, the White House and others asked the court to delay the execution so Congress could consider a law that requires court review in cases where foreign nationals did not receive help from consulates. The Supreme Court rejected the request with a 5-4 vote.

Mexico's foreign ministry condemned the execution and sent a note of protest to the U.S. State Department. the ministry said  Mexico's ambassador tried to contact Texas Governor Rick Perry, who refused to speak on the phone.

Before his lethal injection Thursday night, prison officials she he apologized.

'I am sorry for everything that I have done. I have hurt a lot of people. For years I have never thought that I deserved any type of forgiveness. Lord Jesus Christ in my life, I know that he has forgiven me. I have accepted his forgiveness. I have accepted everything. Let this be final and be done. I take the full blame for this."  

Garcia ended by saying, “One more thing, Viva Mexico. Viva Mexico."

“Ready warden. Let's get this show on the road.”

He was pronounced dead at 6:21 p.m.


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He should have stayed in his "Viva Mexico", instead he commited a terrible crime and payed with his life. Justice has been served. Adios, vato.

viva Mexico this scum bag...thats why I love this State...GO TEXAS

Of course Obama takes the side of Mexico. Maybe once he gets voted out of office here he can run for office in Mexico.

He has been in the U.S. since he was 2yrs old,he knew what would happen to him if he was caught. Saying that it would have been different if he had councel from Mexico is rediculous, I wish we had more states like Texas then maybe the criminals would think twice before Raping and Murdering innocent girls. This man makes me sick and i'm glad he is no longer on this earth!

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