TX Sets Execution Today In $8 Robbery; No New Death Sentences This Year


Juan Garcia is scheduled to be executed today in Texas for fatally shooting a Mexican man who was robbed of $8, the Associated Press reports. Garcia was convicted for the 1998 killing and robbery of Hugh Solano in Houston. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to review Garcia's case in March. The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, in a 5-2 vote, refused a clemency request from Garcia last week. Garcia, 35, acknowledges shooting Solano, but insists it's not a capital case and that jurors penalized him unfairly because he didn't take the witness stand in his own defense at trial.

His lethal injection would be the 11th this year in Texas, which carries out capital punishment more than any other state. Three more executions are scheduled in upcoming weeks. Reuters reports that so far, no one has been sentenced to death in Texas. The last year that happened was 1974, when there was a national moratorium on the death penalty.

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