Joseph Garcia, 47, received lethal injection Tuesday in the state prison in Huntsville, Texas, on the death of a police officer, Aubrey Hawkins, 29, in December 2000.
When the guard asked him if he had any last words, he replied, "Yes, sir."
"Dear Father, you are in Heaven, forgive them because they do not know what they are doing", he added, like Jesus Christ on the cross. Then he was silent for almost a minute, before continuing: "For some of you …". The sedatives seemed to have an effect, since he added: "They have already started and I have not finished yet".
Then he snorted three times, snoring twice, and did not move anymore.
Garcia was serving a 50-year sentence for murder (he killed an acquaintance after attacking him for preventing him from attacking a woman) when he escaped from prison in December 2000 along with six other prisoners.
They have committed several robberies, including one in which Hawkins received 11 shots and died. The agent was having dinner with his family when he received news of the assault on a sports equipment store; the detainees escaped after the murder, but were eventually arrested in Colorado after six weeks of manhunt.
One of them took his own life before being arrested. The other six were sentenced to death. Garcia is the fourth to be executed; there are two others.
The lawyers of Garcia have asked in vain to the Supreme Court to stop the execution because he did not shoot the police officer or he wanted to kill him. "He did not do anything violent or he encouraged anyone to do something violent," said attorney J. Stephen Cooper. In fact, it was inside the store when filming took place outside, according to the magazine. New York magazine.
The prosecution was not able to determine who fired the trigger, but considered that they acted as a team when they committed robberies and murders, and the Texas law allows a person to be convicted of the crimes of a & Another if he helped or tempted helps to commit them.