Texas Executes Mexican Despite 11th-Hour Outcry
Supreme Court rejects appeal in '94 murder
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 23, 2014 2:08 AM CST
Updated Jan 23, 2014 3:21 AM CST
The family of slain Houston police officer Guy Gaddis enter the prison to witness the execution of Mexican national Edgar Tamayo last night.   (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

(Newser) – A Mexican national was executed last night in Texas for killing a Houston police officer, despite pleas and diplomatic pressure from the Mexican government and the US State Department to halt the punishment. Edgar Tamayo, 46, received a lethal injection for the January 1994 fatal shooting of Officer Guy Gaddis, 24. Asked by a warden if he had a final statement, he mumbled "no" and shook his head. Tamayo's lawyer had claimed he was mentally ill and developmentally disabled.

The execution came after the US Supreme Court and lower federal courts rejected last-day appeals and Texas officials spurned arguments that Tamayo's case was tainted because he wasn't informed, under the international Vienna Convention, that he could get legal help from the Mexican consulate after his arrest in the officer's slaying. "It doesn't matter where you're from," a spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Perry said. "If you commit a despicable crime like this in Texas, you are subject to our state laws, including a fair trial by jury and the ultimate penalty."

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einstein mentor
Jan 26, 2014 9:47 AM CST
you are all missing the point,,does congress and the president,border patrol,ICE,immigration local police,do gooders, catholic church and the media have any responsibility in the murders and rapes, crime committed by illegals in this country. the truth is they live up on the hill,,and do not care. has america become demoralized, divided by mass immigration,destabilized and bankrupt and conquered,,history shows it has happened many times before to other countries,,it is a premeditated plan,,, do your home work people,,or are you just stupid and lazy like obama said you are,,both parties are in on it,,,bowing to the money masters,,
Michael Rapavi
Jan 25, 2014 8:38 AM CST
Good for Texas. Justice was done.
Jan 24, 2014 6:57 AM CST
We'll never know why the arresting officer didn't pat down this ugly, useless, pos for a weapon those many years ago. May the officer be at peace in the kingdom of heaven. It's amazing and infuriating how all the defenders and champions of murderers scream and chant against the death penalty when the death penalty is handed out every day by these very fkg murderers. Fk them all. The US Supreme Court got it right for once. Also how about all the murdered American tourists and expats in Mexico that nothing is ever done or mentioned, huh fkg useless Mexican gov't??