Corpus Christi Man Executed for Family Murder
A man convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend, her young son and her mother 13 years ago at a home in Corpus Christi was executed by Texas prison officials Wednesday.
The lethal injection of Jose Villegas, 39, was carried out after his attorneys unsuccessfully argued to the U.S. Supreme Court that he was mentally impaired and ineligible for the death penalty.
“I would like to remind my children once again I love them,” Villegas said when asked if he had a statement before being put to death. “Everything is OK. I love you all, and I love my children. I am at peace.”
Just as the pentobarbital began taking effect, he said, “It does kind of burn. Goodbye.” He gasped several times, then started to breathe quietly. Within less than a minute, all movement had stopped.