POSTED: Friday, July 8, 2011 - 7:57am
UPDATED: Monday, July 11, 2011 - 9:45am
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.