An illegal immigrant from Honduras who argued that his treaty rights were violated when he was arrested for a robbery-murder near Dallas was executed last night, reports the Associated Press. Attorneys for Heliberto Chi had contended to the U.S. Supreme Court that he should have been told he could get legal assistance from the Honduran consulate when he was arrested in California and extradited to Texas to face charges for killing his former boss at a men’s clothing store during a robbery.
The Supreme Court, ruling 2 1/2 hours before his scheduled execution time, rejected his appeal without dissent. The arguments were similar to those used unsuccessfully Tuesday by lawyers for condemned Texas prisoner Jose Medellin. In that case, the Supreme Court, with four justices dissenting, rejected his appeal and the Mexican-born Medellin was executed for participating in the gang rape and murders of two teenage Houston girls 15 years ago.