First Texas Execution Under Gov. Abbott; Two More Set Next Week


A New Mexico man convicted for a drug-fueled triple murder in San Antonio in 1993 was executed yesterday, reports the Texas Tribune. He was the first Texas inmate put to death under Gov. Greg Abbott. Arnold Prieto, 41, was sentenced to death for the lethal stabbing deaths of three people: Rodolfo Rodriguez, 72; his wife Virginia, 62, and their 90-year-old friend, Paula Moran.

Prieto was arrested with two co-defendants, the Rodriguezes’ grandnephews, who convinced Prieto to rob their great uncle, who ran a check-cashing business out of his home. Prieto told police that he and the Hernandez brothers spent the day using cocaine before committing the murders. Next week, two more death row inmates, Garcia White and Robert Ladd, are scheduled to be executed.

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