Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Texas carries out 14th execution of the year

The 39th Execution of 2012

Ramon Torres Hernandez was one of three people convicted in Texas for the killing of Rosa Maria Rosado who was pulled into a car Hernandez was driving after she refused to let go of her purse during a drive-by robbery.

A registered sex offender, Hernadez was put to death by lethal injection on November 14, 2012.

Hernandez, 41, told a family member he was "sorry for putting you through all this" after a warden asked if he wanted to make a final statement.

"Tell everybody I love them," the condemned inmate said, directing his words at his brother who was standing nearby in the death chamber and watching through a window that separated him from Hernandez.

Glancing briefly at relatives of his victim, Hernandez said: "I'm very sorry for all the pain." Then he urged other prisoners on death row to "keep fighting; don't give up."

He took several breaths as the lethal dose of pentobarbital took effect, then began snoring quietly. Within a minute, all movement stopped.

His time of death was announced as 6:38 p.m. CST, 26 minutes after the drug began flowing into his arms.

Hernandez became the 14th inmate executed this year in Texas.

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