Texas inmate says he shouldn't die for $8 robbery, slaying

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Posted: Oct 05, 2015 3:48 PM
Texas inmate says he shouldn't die for $8 robbery, slaying

LIVINGSTON, Texas (AP) — A Texas inmate set to be executed acknowledges shooting a Mexican man who was robbed of $8 but insists he doesn't deserve to die for the killing 17 years ago in Houston.

Thirty-five-year-old Juan Martin Garcia is to be lethally injected on Tuesday. His execution would be the 11th this year in Texas, which carries out capital punishment more than any other state.

No late appeals seeking to block the execution are in the courts.

Garcia says his case is not a capital one. He contends he was railroaded for not testifying in his own defense at his 2000 trial.

Evidence at trial and a companion's testimony identified Garcia as the ringleader of four men involved in the September 1998 shooting and robbery of Hugo Solano outside Solano's apartment complex.