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Texas to Execute Mexican National in Face of Diplomatic Protest

Posted on 1/22/2014 by with 0 comments

Secretary of State John F. Kerry and a former Texas governor are part of an international coalition trying to halt Texas’ execution of a Mexican citizen this week.

Edgar Tamayo Arias, 46, is to be put to death Wednesday for fatally shooting Houston Police Officer Guy Gaddis in 1994.

Gaddis, 24, had been flagged down near a nightclub by a man who accused Tamayo of robbing him. The officer arrested Tamayo, handcuffed him and put him in the back seat of his patrol car. He was driving away when Tamayo drew a concealed pistol and shot Gaddis three times in the back of the head.

On Tuesday, a federal judge in Austin rejected Tamayo’s request for an order that would have prevented Gov. Rick Perry and the parole board from considering his clemency petition until the fairness of the state’s clemency process could be reviewed. The judge found that the clemency process satisfied constitutional requirements and did not violate Tamayo’s right to due process of law.

Tamayo’s attorneys vowed to keep fighting.


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