Arturo Diaz, 37, was put to death in Texas Thursday for a slaying 14 years ago in which the victim was bound with shoelaces and strips of bedding, stabbed 94 times and robbed of $50, reports the Associated press. The execution was carried out after the U.S. Supreme Court refused a last-ditch appeal to block his lethal injection. It was the 13th execution this year in Texas, the nation’s most active capital punishment state.
Diaz smiled and blew a kiss to several witnesses watching through a window, including his mother and grandmother. He then turned to the father of his victim, watching through an adjacent window to the death chamber. “I hope this can bring some relief for you and your family,” he told him. He added that he hoped his fate “serves as an example for some youngsters. … Think about it before you do drugs.”