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Christopner Coleman - Texas Death Row- Scheduled Execution
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Start : Tuesday 22 September 2009, 22:00
End : Tuesday 22 September 2009, 22:00

Christopher Coleman - Texasd Death Row - Execution set for September 22, 2009

Victims: Jose Luis Garcia-Castro, Heimar Prado Hurtado and Danny Girardo

The Crime: On the night of December 13, 1995, Christopher Coleman and two other men were driving together around Houston, Texas. They stopped on a dead-end street and waited. Soon after, another car arrived and parked behind the car in which Coleman was riding. This second car carried four people: the driver, Jose Luis Garcia-Castro; his girlfriend, Elsie Prado; Prado's brother, Heimar Prado Hurtado; and Prado's three-year-old son, Danny Giraldo. Coleman and the two other men got out of their car and approached the second vehicle, where one of Coleman's companions spoke to Hurtado. Then, standing close to the passenger side of the car, Coleman opened fire on the occupants of the second vehicle.

When police arrived, they found Hurtado, Garcia-Castro, and Giraldo dead and Prado seriously injured. Prado survived her injuries and told police that she would never forget the shooter's face. She picked Coleman's picture from a photo spread nine days after the shooting. A week later, police arrested Coleman in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee.

Two Houston police officers traveled to Tennessee to transport Coleman back to Texas. Upon arriving at the Lawrenceburg police station, the Houston officers read Coleman the warnings required by Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436, 86 S.Ct. 1602, 16 L.Ed.2d 694 (1966), and Coleman waived his rights. After roughly three hours of being interviewed by the officers, Coleman gave a recorded statement in which he admitted being present when the murders occurred; he did not admit to being the actual shooter.

In June 1997, a Texas state jury convicted Coleman of capital murder and sentenced him to death.

HUNTSVILLE, Texas A convicted hit man was executed Tuesday evening for a triple slaying in Houston nearly 14 years ago.

Christopher Coleman, 37, was condemned for his part in a scheme by a Colombian man who hoped to eliminate a drug debt by staging a robbery. Four people wound up shot in a car on a dead-end street. Three of them, including a 3-year-old boy, died.

The lethal injection the 18th this year in Texas, the nation's most active death penalty state was carried out after Coleman's lawyers lost last-day appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Coleman was pronounced dead at 6:22 p.m. CDT, eight minutes after lethal drugs began flowing into his arms.
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