Member of 'Texas 7' prison-break gang set for execution

4 years 3 months 3 weeks ago Monday, December 03 2018 Dec 3, 2018 December 03, 2018 11:08 PM December 03, 2018 in News

Associated Press

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Attorneys for a death row inmate who is scheduled to die say he should be spared because he wasn't the one who killed a suburban Dallas police officer during a Christmas Eve robbery 18 years ago.

Joseph Garcia's lawyers say the 47-year-old convicted murderer shouldn't be executed Tuesday night because it was others in the notorious "Texas 7" gang of escaped prisoners who shot and killed Irving police Officer Aubrey Hawkins in 2000. The group was captured the following month in Colorado.

If Garcia's appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court fails and he is executed, he'd be the 22nd person put to death in the U.S. this year.

Garcia was convicted under Texas' law of parties, in which a person can be held responsible for another individual's crime if he or she assisted or attempted to help in the commission of that crime.

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