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Virgil Euristi Martinez - Texas Death Row - Scheduled Execution
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Start : Wednesday 28 January 2009, 20:00
End : Wednesday 28 January 2009, 20:00

Virgil Euristi Martinez - Texas Death Row - Scheduled Execution for January 28, 2009

Victims: Veronica Fuentes; Veronica’s two children, five-year-old Joshua and three-year-old Cassandra; and a bystander John Gomez

The Crime: A jury convicted Martinez of murdering his ex-girlfriend Veronica Fuentes; Veronica’s two children, five-year-old Joshua and three-year-old Cassandra; and a bystander John Gomez. The jury subsequently sentenced Martinez to death.

News: Texas has executed a former Houston security guard for gunning down four people, including his ex-girlfriend and her two small children, during a 1996 shooting frenzy.

Forty-one-year-old Virgil Martinez was pronounced dead at 6:50 p.m. Wednesday.

Martinez was the fourth Texas inmate executed this year and the first of two on consecutive nights this week in the nation's most active death penalty state.

Martinez was condemned for the slayings of 27-year-old Veronica Fuentes; her 5-year-old son, Joshua; 3-year-old daughter, Casandra; and an 18-year-old neighbor, John Gomez.

Lawyers for Martinez had hoped to get the punishment delayed, raising questions he may be so mentally ill that he could be disqualified for execution. A state court denied the request.

Last Meal: two fried chicken breasts, two pork chops, seven flour tortillas, avocados and french fries.

Final Statement: Yes I do. Um Abel, Love ya'll, Evelyn love ya'll, Armando and Delia I love ya'll. Do what I told you and you will see me one day. Do that and promise me.

First, Veronica's sister. I know what you've been told and that's all a lie. John Gomez killed your kids and sister. I know ya'll love John Gomez but he was a violent man. I wish I would have shot him in the leg, then he would be here. Those investigators were just trying to convict somebody. My gun had a hair trigger. Veronica told me to come and get my herb book and she went to the back of the closet. Her kids had asthma and I lent her the book. She said she would give it to me next time. She didn't want to break up, we still talked. She told me to come over. John Gomez said Veronica does not have the money for your book so don't come over. Me being a hot shot I went over there and I had my gun. I had children and nephews where I lived so I had to keep my gun in my truck for self defense. Veronica invited me in her house, the kids were still awake fixing to go to bed. I put the gun under my shirt and said Hi to Josh and Cassandra. John Gomez was there he told Veronica that "he doesn't love you" I didn't care.

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