Friday, July 13, 2012

Arizona executes man for 1986 murder

The 23rd Execution of 2012

Samuel Lopez was executed on June 27, 2012 at the Arizona State Prison Complex-Florence, for a murder that occured in 1986, reported the Arizona Republic.

Lopez was convicted of sexually assaulting and murdering Holmes in her apartment in central Phoenix. He stabbed the grandmother and seamstress more than 23 times and slashed her throat with her own kitchen knives after a fierce struggle.

According to the Republic, Lopez had no last words. Lopez's final meal consisted of one red chili con carne, one green chili con carne, Spanish rice, a jalapeño, an avocado, cottage cheese, French fries, a Coke, vanilla ice cream and pineapple.

No members of Lopez's family were present, witnesses said. Eight members of the family of Estefana Holmes, his victim, spoke with reporters after the execution.

Victor Arguijo, Holmes's brother, who traveled with other family members from Fort Worth, Texas, told the Republic, "We are not here to seek vengeance nor to avenge, but to seek justice for our family. This execution today will not bring our beloved Tefo back, but hopefully will bring closure."

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