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Texas executes man convicted in botched gang murders

Karen Brooks Reuters

10:12 p.m. CDT, September 19, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A man convicted for his role in the murder of four women near the Mexican border in a botched gang hit meant to kill another woman was executed by lethal injection in Texas on Thursday.

Robert Gene Garza, 30, was pronounced dead at 8:41 p.m. local time in Huntsville, Texas, said Jason Clark, spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Garza was the 12th inmate executed this year in Texas and the 25th in the United States, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

Before he was executed, Garza thanked his friends and family for their support.

"It's not easy, this is a release. Y'all finally get to move on with your lives," Garza said, according to Clark.

The women, who all worked at a bar in the town of Donna in the Rio Grande Valley, were the victims of a case of mistaken identity during a hit carried out on the orders of an imprisoned gang leader, according to an account of the case released by the Texas attorney general's office.

It said Garza and three other men had been told to kill a woman who worked at a local bar because she had testified about a shooting that led to the gang leader's conviction.

The men followed six women from the bar in September 2002 as they drove to a home they shared. When they arrived, two men fired more than 60 bullets into the vehicle, killing four of the women.

Garza admitted to authorities his role in the killing of Dantizene Lizeth Vasquez Beltran, Celina Linares Sanchez, Lourdes Yesenia Araujo Torres and Maria De La Luz Bazaldua Cobbarubias in Donna, about 10 miles north of the border with Mexico.

The woman who was the intended target had stayed behind to close down the bar.

Garza told authorities he was in the car but had not pulled the trigger, and said the gang leader was angered by the botched hit. Garza also told authorities he had been involved in killing six people four months later in the nearby town of Edinburg, the attorney general's account said.

Garza was convicted of the Donna murders in 2003 and sentenced to death. The three other men authorities said were involved in the Donna killings are awaiting execution for the murders in Edinburg.

Garza filed two appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court challenging his conviction and death sentence.

(Reporting by Karen Brooks and Edith Honan, Editing by Sharon Bernstein and Peter Cooney)

Photo : The murderer Robert Gene Garza >:( Well done Great State of Texas  :-* :(

Dear Pam,

God bless you ! You are so brave ! What a great woman you are !

God bless your daughter ! She is so strong and so courageous !

God bless your family ! They are so lucky to have you in their lifes !

My loved ones think about you all ! You are in our prayers !


Big hugs !

:-* :-*


What a dirty piece of s***  >:( >:(

God bless all the victims of this monster :-* :-* :-* :'( :'( :'(

Justice was represented in every case !!! 500th execution...good but there are many cases and families who wait for justice since a long time !

So thanks Texas ! God bless this great State !

:-* :-*

Good news ;)

Here is the link with the "special" page of this bastard ( and a photo of him... >:(

I have two words :  :( GO ARIZONA :(


Death row inmate's latest appeal denied; execution set for April

Posted: Jan 03, 2013 7:39 PM

Updated: Jan 03, 2013 7:39 PM

EAST TEXAS (TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) - Rickey Lynn Lewis, a death row inmate claiming he is mentally retarded, learned today that his most recent appeal of his death sentence was denied and that an execution date has been set.

He was granted a stay of execution in 2005. The execution date is now scheduled for April 9 of this year.
Lewis was convicted for the Sept. 17, 1990, murder of George Newman during a burglary at the victim's house. He was also found guilty of sexually assaulting Newman's common-law wife, Connie Hilton.

Judge Kent ruled in 2005 that Lewis was not mentally retarded, a claim made by his attorney. The Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas, which ordered the trial judge to preside over the writ of habeas corpus hearing, agreed with her ruling and ordered her to set an execution date.

Lewis' appellate attorney Mike Charlton of New Mexico filed the motion for stay of execution, appealing the mental retardation ruling.

If a judge had ruled Lewis is retarded, his sentence would automatically be commuted to life in prison. In 2002, the U.S. Supreme Court prohibited the execution of mentally retarded people.

Lewis has been on death row for close to two decades.

The first Smith County jury selected convicted Lewis and sentenced him to death. But in 1996, the Court of Criminal Appeals remanded the punishment back to the trial court.

In 1997, another jury again sentenced him to the death penalty, finding that he committed the murder deliberately, that there was a high probability he would be a continuing threat to society and that there were no mitigating circumstances that warranted a life sentence rather that the death penalty.

Former 241st District Judge Diane DeVasto set Lewis' execution date for Aug. 7, 2003, but Lewis' attorneys claimed he was mentally retarded.

Defense attorneys tried to prove that Lewis was wrongly sentenced to death. Mental retardation experts hired by the state testified that he has learning disabilities but is not retarded; doctors hired by the defense disagreed.

The burden of proof in a mental retardation claim is on the defense.

The three-pronged approach to diagnosing mental retardation includes below-average intellectual functioning usually denoted by an IQ score of 70 or less, manifestation of the disorder by age 18 and consideration of adaptive functioning, or how a person operates in daily life.

Judge Kent concluded that Lewis entered the home to burglarize it but was interrupted by the victims.

He shot Newman and sexually assaulted, bit and hit Ms. Hilton, threatening to kill her.

He also killed the couple's dog.

Photo : The murderer Rickey Lynn Lewis >:(

2013 is there and this a good new for justice... I want to sing the famous of ABBA for you Rick...HAPPY NEW YEAR !!! 8) :D

:( GO TEXAS :(

Dear Pam, Dear Granny,

It is a little bit late but...


You are two great women with a big heart !

God bless you !!!

Big hugs !

:-* :-*

Off Topic - Anything / Re: Merry Christmas !!!
January 02, 2013, 06:36:45 PM
Dear friends, dear members,

It is too late, I know and I am sorry for that !

But I want to wish you a very MERRY CHRISTMAS !!!

Peace, Serenity and Love for you all and your families !!!

God bless you all !!!

God bless this wonderful forum !!!

:-* :-*

Off Topic - Anything / Re: Happy New Year
January 02, 2013, 06:27:05 PM
Dear friends, dear members,

After my holidays in our Belgian Coast (for Christmas and the New Year), I am here lol !

I want to wish you a very HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013 !!!

BEST WISHES to you all and also to all your loves ones and families !!!

God bless this New Year !

God bless you all here !

I appreciate this forum ! Thanks to the Administrators, the Moderators and the Members for their work !

Love and Respect !

:-* :-*

Well... I hope that 2013 will be the a special year for the family of Melissa Trotter :-* It is time for Texas to show justice with this case :(

Swearingen, you don't deserve to be there next year >:(

Photos : 1. The victim Melissa Trotter (God bless her) :'(

               2. The murderer Larry Swearingen >:(

Hey RangerRik ;)

Welcome back my dear friend :-*

It is good to see you again here :)

Again, welcome at home :-*

God bless you :-*

I haven't words... It is so terrible and sad... :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(

God bless all the victims, children (angels) and adults (heroes) :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*

God bless their families and all their loved ones :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*

God bless America  :-* A new tragedy but you are courageous  :-* Your citizens bring love and respect to the victims and they give their hearts to them during each drama :-*

Courage, Strength and Prayers from the Kingdom of Belgium to Newtown, Connecticut, United States Of America :-* :-*

Good news ;)

It is time for this monster to pay the ultimate price :( Dirty scumbag >:(

Here is photo of the victim, Wesley Allen Mercer... :'(

Rest in Peace little Angel :-* :-* God bless you forever :-* :-*

Good news... ;)

Here is a photo of this bastard... >:(

:( GO TEXAS :(