HUNTSVILLE, Texas – A member of the infamous gang "Texas 7" of escaped prisoners was executed on Tuesday night when he was shot dead in a robbery on Christmas Eve in Santa Monica almost 18 years ago. Joseph Garcia received a lethal injection at the Huntsville federal prison for the December 29 death of 29-year-old Irving police officer Aubrey Hawkins.
At the Supervisor's question as to whether he had a conclusive statement, Garcia replied, "Yes, sir."
"Dear Heavenly Father, please forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing," Garcia said.
Then he paused for almost a minute before speaking again as a muffled motorcycle of motorcycles. A group of motorcycle riders supporting the police were heard in the death chamber.
"Some of you," Garcia said, pausing as the deadly dose of the pentobarbital sedative had apparently begun.
I've already started and I'm not even done yet, "he said.
He snapped three times and snored twice before all movement stopped, declared dead at 1
. 47, this year was in the US 22nd inmates and in Texas the 12th lethal injection, the nation's most heavily-used death penalty.
Garcia He served a 50-year prison sentence for murder and belonged to a group of inmates who fled this month from a South Texas jail and made numerous robberies, including the one in which they shot and killed Hawkins eleven times and killed him.
Hawkins had just finished Christmas dinner with his family when he phoned responded to a robbery in a sporting goods store and was ambushed.
The escaped inmates were finally arrested in Colorado and finished a six-week operation One of them killed himself when the officers closed down and the other six were convicted of killing Hawkins and sentenced to death.
Garcia was the fourth of the killed group. Two more are on death row.
Garcia's lawyers had asked the US Supreme Court to stop the execution. He argued that he had never shot or intended to kill Hawkes with Hawke's shot. One of his lawyers, J. Stephen Cooper, said the prosecutors had no information to show that his client was one of the shooters.
"He has not done anything violent or prepared or encouraged anyone else to do anything violent." Cooper said.
The Supreme Court dismissed Garcia's appeal on Tuesday night.
Garcia was convicted under Texas law of parties in which one person may be held accountable for another person's crime if she has helped or attempted to help in committing this crime.
At the time of the prison break, Garcia served the time to kill Miguel Luna in San Antonio. Luna's parents and three daughters, along with two Hawkins friends, witnessed the execution of Garcia. They were not available to reporters after the punishment.
Toby Shook, the chief prosecutor who handled Garcia's case, and the five others who were on trial, said the authorities had not been able to pinpoint which rifle the inmate shot Hawkins, the inmates, acted as Team to commit the robbery and murder of the officials.
Shook said Garcia's case is a clear example of why, in certain cases, the law of the parties is required.
"He was in ears with murder and chaos out there, and he was actively involved in everything," said Shook, now defender in Dallas.
Shook said Garcia's execution would be another step toward Hawkins family closure and prosecution.
"Ultimately, we can close the book on them when all the penalties have been completed," he said.
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