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Rogelio Cannady - Texas Death Row - Scheduled Execution
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Start : Thursday 20 May 2010, 0:00
End : Thursday 20 May 2010, 0:00

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Rogelio Cannady - Texas Death Row - Scheduled Execution for May 19, 2010

Victims: Leovigildo Bonal - a fellow inmate

The Crime: On October 10, 1993 Cannady caused the death of a 55-year-old Hispanic male Texas prison inmate inside a medium custody housing area at the McConnell Unit in Beeville. The victim, who was Cannady's cellmate, was beaten with a steel lock attached to a belt and kicked repeatedly in the head with steel-toed boots by Cannady. The victim, who was serving a 15-year sentence for murder from Tarrant County, died two days later. Cannady was the first Texas prison inmate to be prosecuted under a 1993 statute that allows for capital murder convictions if the offender is serving 99 years or life as a result of previous murder convictions.

News:

Condemned Texas inmate Rogelio Cannady was executed Wednesday evening for killing his cellmate while already serving two life sentences for a double murder.

Cannady, 37, from Harlingen, didn't deny fatally beating 55-year-old Leovigildo Bonal with a belt and padlock in October 1993, but he insisted the attack at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice McConnell Unit in Beeville was self defense from Bonal's sexual advances.

In the death chamber he smiled and nodded to his brother, a niece and three friends he selected to witness his death and told them repeatedly he loved them.

"I'm going to be OK," he said as they watched through a window. "Y'all take care of yourself ... May God have mercy on my soul."

As he waited for the drugs to take effect, he laughed and lifted his head from the gurney.

"I thought it was going to be harder than this," he said, grinning. "I'm going to sleep now. I can feel it. It's affecting me."

Then he began snoring.

Eight minutes later, at 6:19 p.m. CDT, he was pronounced dead.

Cannady walked to the death chamber about 30 minutes after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal that his confession in the 1990 murders of two teenage runaways in the Rio Grande Valley was coerced, meaning Cannady should have never been imprisoned in the first place.

It was the second appeal rejected by the high court this week in his case. State attorneys said the late appeals were without merit and that questions about Cannady's confession already had been resolved.

Cannady's lawyer said the case was "clearly one that deserves more investigation."

Cannady was sentenced to two life sentences after pleading guilty to the 1990 murders of 16-year-old Ricardo Garcia of Freer and 13-year-old Ana Robles of Brownsville both runaways from a youth home. Garcia was stabbed 13 times. Robles was raped and strangled.

Two of Garcia's brothers also witnessed Cannady's death. Cannady did not address them and the brothers declined to speak with reporters afterward.

Cannady, who was 17 at the time and one of four teenagers arrested in the case, said an investigator persuaded him to sign a confession to avoid the death sentence.

"I got scared," he said from death row. "I was afraid I'd get the death penalty. Ironically, I did."

State lawyers said Cannady swore in court that he "had not been coerced or forced into pleading guilty and that his plea was entirely free and voluntary, knowing full well his rights and what he was giving up by making that plea."

Cannady said the confession was improperly taken by an investigator who gave perjured testimony at a pretrial suppression hearing. The investigator has since committed suicide.

Describing the October 1993 confrontation that led to Bonal's death, Cannady said "one thing led to another."

Speaking to The Associated Press from a visiting cage outside death row, Cannady insisted he merely resisted a sexual pass from Bonal, who had been serving 15 years for murder in Tarrant County.

Corrections officers found the badly beaten Bonal unconscious on the cell floor. His hands were tied behind his back with a belt. A piece of the combination lock used to beat him was hidden inside a boot. Another piece was in the toilet. Cannady was covered in blood but had no injuries.

"I think anybody would have done the same thing," Cannady said.

Cannady had a long juvenile record beginning with thefts and burglaries at age 10, and had been arrested for drug dealing, assault, theft, probation violation, felony criminal mischief, truancy, public intoxication and resisting arrest. He was disciplined twice last month for assault.

"I don't embrace sending somebody to death row, but it is absolutely necessary some time, especially this time," Herbert Hancock, the prosecutor in Cannady's capital murder case, said.


Last Meal:
7 beef/cheese enchiladas. Pico de gallo, 2 pieces of fried chicken (legs only), Two cheeseburgers. Fries

Final Statement:
"I'm going to be OK," he said as they watched through a window. "Y'all take care of yourself ... May God have mercy on my soul."
As he waited for the drugs to take effect, he laughed and lifted his head from the gurney.
"I thought it was going to be harder than this," he said, grinning. "I'm going to sleep now. I can feel it. It's affecting me."




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