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Texas 7 Gang Fourth Member was Executed


Nearly two decades after joining a mass prison break in Texas and participating in a subsequent crime spree that led to the murder of a police officer, a member of the notorious “Texas 7″ gang was executed Tuesday — but not before he defiantly offered a final prayer while strapped to a gurney. Joseph Garcia, 47, became the 22nd inmate put to death this year in the U.S. and the 12th given lethal injection in Texas.He received the injection at the state penitentiary in Huntsville for the December 2000 shooting death of 29-year-old Aubrey Hawkins, an Irving police officer who responded to a robbery Garcia was involved in at a sporting goods store. Hawkins had just finished Christmas Eve dinner with his family when he took the call. Garcia’s final words from the gurney included a reference to some of Jesus Christ’s last words as he lay dying on the cross, the Houston Chronicle reported.”Dear heavenly Father, please forgive them, for they know not what they do,” Garcia said. He was then given the lethal dose and pronounced dead 13 minutes later at 6:43 p.m.. Garcia is the fourth member of the group to die. Two others remain on death row.

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