NOTE: The second video report was filed one hour before the execution took place.
BREAKING: Fox News just announced that the state of Texas has executed convicted murderer Humberto Leal Garcia for the brutal kidnapping, rape and murder of a 16-year old girl in 1994. He was executed just after 6:00 PM by lethal injection in Huntsville, Texas. The Obama Administration had attempted to get a stay of execution for Garcia. But the U.S. Supreme Court rejected their plea by a 5-4 decision this afternoon, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry refused to halt the execution of Garcia – an illegal alien of Mexican citizenship. . . . . Developing
FORBES: A 38-year-old Mexican man has been executed in Texas for the rape-slaying of a San Antonio teenager after White House-backed appeals to spare him were rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Humberto Leal received lethal injection Thursday evening in Huntsville.
His punishment capped a flurry of appeals that argued he deserved additional court review of his case because authorities didn’t tell him he could seek legal help from the Mexican government when he was arrested for the murder of 16-year-old Adria Sauceda in 1994. . . . Read More
CNN: . . . Leal was pronounced dead at 6:21 p.m. CT (7:21 p.m. ET), according to a corrections spokeswoman.
“I am sorry for everything I have done,” Leal said before he was executed. “I have hurt a lot of people. Let this be final and be done. I take the full blame for this.”
Texas authorities said they gave Leal his last meal Thursday afternoon as hours dwindled before his scheduled execution. . . . Read More
BREAKING: The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected giving a stay of execution to Humberto Leal Garcia, an illegal alien scheduled to die at 6 PM today in Huntsville, Texas for the 1994 brutal murder of a 16 year-old girl in Texas:
REUTERS: The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a last-minute stay of execution in a Texas case involving a Mexican national who was not told of his right to diplomatic counsel when arrested.
The high court’s 5-4 decision was a setback for the Obama administration, which supported stopping the execution of convicted murderer Humberto Leal Garcia because of concerns over international treaty violations.
Leal Garcia, 38, was convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl and then bludgeoning her to death with a piece of asphalt in 1994 in Texas. He is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection at 7 p.m. EST on Thursday in Huntsville, Texas. . . . Read More
The Obama Administration continues to try and get a stay of execution for convicted murderer Humberto Leal Garcia, who is scheduled to be executed in Texas tonight at 6:00 PM. Leal Garcia is set to die for the brutal kidnapping, rape and murder of a 16-year old girl in Texas in 1994. He is an illegal alien – a citizen of Mexico – and both the United Nations as well as the Obama Administration are trying to stop his execution on those grounds:
AFP: The state of Texas appeared set to push forward with the controversial execution of a Mexican national Thursday despite calls for a reprieve from the White House and the Mexican government.
Humberto Leal Garcia, 38, is scheduled to die at 6:00 pm (2300 GMT) in a Huntsville, Texas prison for the rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl in 1994.
With hours left before his execution, Leal has just two chances: a commutation of his sentence to life in prison or a postponement granted by Republican Governor Rick Perry or the US Supreme Court. . . . Read More
It seems the Obama Administration is joining with the United Nations in asking Texas Gov. Rick Perry to stop the execution of a Mexican national illegally in the United States – Humberto Leal Garcia – who kidnapped, raped and murdered a 16-year old girl in Texas in 1994. They argue Garcia was not given access to Mexican consular officials and assistance at the time he was arrested, and therefore should not be executed. Garcia’s bite marks were reportedly found on the girl he strangled to death:
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Obama Administration is taking the unusual step of trying to halt the execution of a Mexican citizen who has been sentenced to die for the brutal kidnapping, rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl more than 16 years ago.
U.S. authorities want to delay Humberto Leal Garcia’s execution –scheduled for Thursday — for up to six months to give Congress time to consider legislation that would directly affect his case.
The federal government rarely intervenes in state death penalty cases. . . .
The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has also appealed to Texas Gov. Rick Perry to call off the lethal injection.
“The lack of consular assistance and advice raises concerns about whether or not Mr. Leal Garcia’s right to a fair trial was fully upheld,” said Rupert Colville, Pillay’s spokesman.
The legislation would allow federal courts to review cases of condemned foreign nationals.
Last week, a U.S. District judge refused to stop the execution, and earlier this week the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals denied Leal’s appeal and motion for a stay of execution.
Leal, who has lived in the United States since he was two years old, was sentenced to death in the 1994 rape and killing of Adria Sauceda of San Antonio. . . . . Read More