Gangleader Executed in Huntsville

Gangleader Executed in Huntsville

POSTED: Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 10:02am

UPDATED: Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 10:06am

HUNTSVILLE, TX - Murderer Peter Anthony Cantu was executed by the state of Texas Tuesday evening.

He was the ringleader in a crime that struck a raw nerve for its sheer brutality: the repeated gang rape, torture and murder of 14-year-old Jennifer Ertman and 16-year-old Elizabeth Pena in 1993.

The lethal injection was performed at 6:09 p.m. By 6:17 p.m. Cantu was pronounced dead. He was 35 and had lived on death row longer than his victims were alive.

No one came to witness on Cantu's behalf when he received his lethal injection.

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