The state of Texas (United States) today executed the Latin Mark Soliz, who in 2010 starred in a violent spiral that culminated in the robbery and murder of a woman, a crime for which he was sentenced to death.
Soliz, 37, was pronounced dead at 18.32 local time (23.32 GMT) after receiving a lethal injection at Huntsville Prison (near Houston), as reported by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
His last words were dedicated to the families of his victims: "I would like to apologize for the pain I caused you. I have been considering changing my life. It took me 27 years to do so. I want to apologize, I don't know if my death will bring you comfort for the pain and the suffering I have caused. I am at peace. "
For eight days in June 2010, Soliz and his accomplice, José Ramos, staged a violent spiral in an area near Dallas during which they perpetrated numerous robberies in which they ended up shooting the victim, robberies of vehicles with violence, shootings and two murders
They were Rubén Martínez, a delivery man whom Soliz stole and shot in a parking lot, and Nancy Weatherly, a 61-year-old woman, who was shot dead in the back of the head after entering to steal at her home at gunpoint .
The authorities cut that spiral with the arrest of Soliz and Ramos, which he suspected of stealing a vehicle.
Ramos, however, confessed to the assassination of Weatherly during the interrogation, of which he blamed Soliz.
Soliz was sentenced to death during the trial held in 2012, while Ramos received a life sentence.
The biggest trick of his lawyers during the trial and also in the appeals process to avoid execution was to argue that Soliz suffered fetal alcohol syndrome due to his exposure to alcohol during his mother's pregnancy, which prevented him from controlling his impulses among other disorders Mental
However, neither the jury during the trial nor the courts that later studied the appeals presented by the defense considered that argument as key.
Today's was the sixth execution in Texas in 2019 and number 15 in the entire country.
Since the Supreme Court restored the death penalty in 1976, 1,505 people have been executed in the United States, 564 of them in Texas, more than in any other state.
This southern state has another nine executions scheduled before the end of the year, next September 25.
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