Gang enforcer to be executed for killing woman over drug tax

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Posted: Mar 10, 2015 12:57 PM
Gang enforcer to be executed for killing woman over drug tax

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A gang enforcer convicted of beating and strangling a San Antonio woman who refused to pay a Mexican Mafia-imposed tax on her illegal drug sales is set for execution.

Evidence at Manuel Vasquez's 1999 capital murder trial showed he and two other men were carrying out orders to kill 51-year-old Juanita Ybarra for ignoring the 10 percent street tax, known as a "dime." The 46-year-old Vasquez had no appeals pending Tuesday and Texas' parole board rejected a clemency petition.

His execution Wednesday would be the fourth this year in Texas and would leave officials with enough pentobarbital for just one more execution unless they secure a new supply. At least six other executions are scheduled.

Texas officials, as in other states, have struggled to find a provider for execution drugs.