Mexican national hoping to delay Texas execution

AP News
Posted: Jul 06, 2011 5:44 PM
Mexican national hoping to delay Texas execution

The 1994 rape and murder of 16-year-old Adria Sauceda was so brutal it shocked even prosecutors in Texas, where capital punishment is popular and put to use more than any other state.

But the planned Thursday execution of 38-year-old Humberto Leal, who is a Mexican citizen, has prompted a flurry of appeals on his behalf, including an unusual plea from the White House, because of what it could mean for other foreign nationals arrested in the U.S. and for Americans arrested abroad.

Leal, who moved to the U.S. as a toddler, had an appeal pending before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday seeking to delay the execution. He says he wasn't told after his arrest that he could seek legal assistance from the Mexican government.