POSTED: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 9:33pm
UPDATED: Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 5:43pm
EL PASO - Texas death row has executed a convicted murderer from El Paso.
George Rivas was put to death by lethal injection this evening in Huntsville, for killing a police officer during a robbery 11 years ago. Rivas used to be the leader of the fugitive gang known as the "Texas Seven", that escaped from a south Texas prison and then killed Aubrey Hawkins, while trying to steal from a sporting goods store.
"Rivas did make a final statement. He said, "...for the Hawkins family, I do apologize for everything that happened, not because I'm here, but for closure in your hearts. I really believe you deserve that,” said Jason Clarke, a spokesperson for the Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice.
Rivas is the second of the "Texas Seven" to be executed. One of the men had committed suicide before he was caught by police. The four remaining members are awaiting execution.