Texas conducts its first execution of 2015
HUNTSVILLE, Texas A 41 year old Texas prisoner was put to death Wednesday evening for the slayings of three people during a robbery at their San Antonio home more than 21 years ago.
Arnold Prieto, who spurned a plea deal for a sentence of less than life in prison, became the first inmate to receive a lethal injection this year in Texas, which carried out 10 executions in 2014.
Texas tied Missouri as the state that put the most inmates to death last year, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. Florida was next, with 8. CST, 20 minutes after a lethal dose of pentobarbital began flowing into his veins.
Asked by the warden if he had a Pandora Charms Clearance final statement, Prieto replied: "There are no endings, only beginnings. Love y'all. See you soon."
As the injection Pandora Charms Sale Clearance began, he said he could smell it, then uttered, "Whoa."
He immediately began snoring, each snore a bit more quiet. After about five snores, he stopped moving.
Prieto was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to die for his role in the September 1993 fatal stabbings of Rodolfo Rodriguez, 72, his wife, Virginia, 62, and Paula Moran, their 90 year old former nanny who lived with them. Each victim was stabbed or cut multiple times with Pandora Charms Clearance an icepick, screwdriver or knife.
The attackers took jewelry and about $300.
Prieto's sister was among witnesses watching through a window. Four sons and a daughter in law of the slain couple watched through a window in Pandora Charms Clearance On Sale an adjacent room. They declined to speak with reporters afterward.
Prieto smiled and nodded to the people he selected to watch him die as they walked into a witness room. He made no eye contact with relatives of the victims in the other room.
Prieto two decades ago turned down the plea deal, refusing to testify against one of other men with him during the robbery.
"There was a way out," one of Prieto's trial lawyers, Michael Bernard, recalled last week. "We just couldn't get there."
No late appeals were filed in the courts Wednesday to try to halt his punishment.
Prieto and two brothers related to the Rodriguezes were arrested in Carrollton, a north Dallas suburb, seven months after the killings. The case went unsolved until an informant's tip led police to Carrollton, where a grandnephew of the slain couple implicated himself, his brother and Prieto.