Texas Cleared for Execution of Mexican National

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The U.S. Supreme Court denied a stay of execution for Mexican national Edgar Tamayo on Wednesday, allowing Texas to put to death the convicted killer who is also at the center of a diplomatic dispute.

Texas has until midnight local time (0600 GMT) to execute Tamayo at its death chamber in Huntsville.

The Mexican government has called on Texas to halt the execution, saying it would be a violation of international law and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has asked Texas Governor Rick Perry to consider a stay.

Tamayo, 46, was convicted of shooting dead Houston police officer Guy Gaddis in 1994. Gaddis had arrested him on suspicion of robbery.


Perry seems unlikely to stay the execution of a convicted cop killer.

UPDATE: I should have looked at that timestamp more closely — Tamayo has indeed been put to death.

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