A Mexican national was executed on Wednesday night in Texas for killing a Houston police officer, despite pleas and diplomatic pressure from the Mexican government and the U.S. State Department to halt the punishment.

Edgar Tamayo, 46, received a lethal injection for the January 1994 fatal shooting of Officer Guy Gaddis, 24.

Edgar Arias Tamayo

Edgar Tamayo

Asked by a warden if he had a final statement, he mumbled ‘no’ and shook his head. As the lethal dose of pentobarbital began taking effect, he took a few breaths and then made one slightly audible snore before all movement stopped.

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Tamayo never looked toward Gaddis’ mother, two brothers and two other relatives who watched through a window. He selected no witnesses of his own.

Several dozen police officers and supporters of the slain patrolman revved their motorcycles outside the prison before witnesses were let inside the death chamber.

The execution, the first this year in the nation’s most active death penalty state, came after the U.S. Supreme Court and lower federal courts rejected last-day appeals and Texas officials spurned arguments that Tamayo’s case was tainted because he wasn’t informed, under an international agreement, that he could get legal help from the Mexican consulate after his arrest for the officer’s slaying.

Attorneys had also argued unsuccessfully that Tamayo was mentally impaired, making him ineligible for execution, and that the state’s clemency procedures were unfair.

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‘It doesn’t matter where you’re from,’ Perry spokeswoman Lucy Nashed said. ‘If you commit a despicable crime like this in Texas, you are subject to our state laws, including a fair trial by jury and the ultimate penalty.’

Gaddis, who had been on the force for two years, was driving Tamayo and another man from a robbery scene when evidence showed the officer was shot three times in the head and neck with a pistol Tamayo had concealed in his pants.

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Mexican officials and Tamayo’s attorneys contend he was protected under a provision of the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

Legal assistance guaranteed under that treaty could have uncovered evidence to contest the capital murder charge or provide evidence to keep Tamayo off death row, they said.

Records show the consulate became involved or aware of the case just as his trial was to begin.

Secretary of State John Kerry previously asked Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to delay Tamayo’s punishment, saying it ‘could impact the way American citizens are treated in other countries.’

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The Mexican government said in a statement this week it ‘strongly opposed’ the execution and said failure to review Tamayo’s case and reconsider his sentence would be ‘a clear violation by the United States of its international obligations.’

Tamayo was in the U.S. illegally and had a criminal record in California, where he had served time for robbery and was paroled, according to prison records.

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  • When asked by a warden if he had a final statement, Tamayo should have
    replied, “I like tater tots”, in order to enforce the notion that he was retarded.

    Anyway, another scumbag takes a dirt-nap, and that’s a good thing.

    • sbuffalonative

      And let us hope this permanently sours US-Mexican relations for decades to come. I also hope this news was broadcast all over Mexico.

      • Sue

        Can you see it? The Mexican stay away and the illegals flee back to Mexico! That would solve it.

      • Pro_Whitey

        I realize I am being foolhardy, but sometimes I think a second Mexican-American War would be just the thing to expose the traitors in our midst and give us ample opportunity to repatriate legal and illegal Mexican immigrants, and their offspring.

        • The Final Solution

          If you mean by repatriated annihilated then I’m with you.

        • DonReynolds

          You are right. My relatives fought in the Mexican War. Another one today would solve a lot of problems at the same time.

      • Whiteplight sees the Emperor N

        All they’ll do is rob and rape more tourists and use it to justify the upped rhetoric about how Whites stole the Southwest from them.

  • dd121

    The lawyers were all wrong. The procedure worked just fine.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    Boo hoo…
    Llorreme un rio…

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      No te metas con Texas.

      • PvtCharlieSlate

        Nemo me impune lacessit.

  • sbuffalonative

    ‘If you commit a despicable crime like this in Texas, you are subject
    to our state laws, including a fair trial by jury and the ultimate
    penalty.’

    If you come into my country, my state, my city, my town, my home, you are subject to my laws.

    • mobilebay

      Don’t tell this administration that. They think illegals have every right to be here and to take advantage of all benefits

  • D.B. Cooper

    Adios, Sucio.
    Just for the he11 of it, I wandered over to the Spanish sites to see their comments.
    I admit surprise. Nearly all comments were in favor of the execution.
    I wonder if he blamed vitiligo for his behavior.

    • Why isn’t he holding the phone upside down?
      He really was poor at playing the retard game. SMH

    • dd121

      Years ago when blacks were finally allowed to sit on juries, some thought it would be the end of the jury system. It wasn’t. Seems a lot of blacks don’t want black criminals wandering their neighborhoods.

      • Mergatroyd

        Blacks are also good at not convicting a fellow brotha no matter what he’s done. They don’t want to see one more black man sent to prison by a racist justice system. (sarc).

        • Whiteplight sees the Emperor N

          Hmmm, I recall an all female, black jury letting a black man go after brutally murdering his white wife and friend. Justice has become a joke when it’s whites as victims of blacks.

    • Whiteplight sees the Emperor N

      I don’t think Mexicans hesitate when it comes to throwing one of their own under the bus if it serves them to do so. But the final effect will still be outrage at America and whites.

  • NotTooSwift

    I cannot fathom the fact that Texas would execute a Mexican national. How will carrying out the law in Texas affect our relations with Mexico? Will this deter Mexican tourists from visiting the US? I am very concerned that folks South of the border will be afraid to cross their Northern border. This would create…(what’s that?…gee, I never thought about that aspect…). Umm, never mind what I wrote in the beginning of this post.

    • D.B. Cooper

      someone on the news expressed concern that it might affect Americans being held in Mexico, and WE should be worried about that.
      My take:
      1. You are held in Mexico because you are a criminal, and deserve the Midnight Express treatment for being stupid enough to commit a crime, especially in Mexico.
      2. Avoid the risk by simply staying away from Mexico, period. Our beaches are good enough.

      • kjh64

        Americans and other foreigners are treated like crap in Mexican jails, just like Mexicans are.

        • D.B. Cooper

          And that is why you won’t ever see my skanky behind anywhere near Mexico. Other than those pyramids, there isn’t really anything that appeals to me down there. Mexico has arrived on my doorstep. All I have to do is head toward downtown to see it.

          • So CAL Snowman

            It’s crazy to think that the Mexico of today is the same place where I used to party before I turned 21. Back before mexico became a Cartel Republic, it was an amazing place to vacation. I’ll never forget being a 17 year old kid in Mazatlan and getting so wasted on margaritas that I couldn’t surf and broke like 3 mexican surfboards in half on the rocks. I also fondly remember doing illegal drugs in a shady club with some crazy mexican cholos and my friend from Colombia. Ahh good times, good times.

          • If I want to see Mayan pyramids, all I have to do is head over to the library and check out a documentary on DVD. Cheap, and nowhere near as dangerous.

      • The Final Solution

        I couldn’t care less about American traitors who spend their vacation time and money in Mexico. Let them rot in Mexican jails or better yet get taken out by drug cartels.

  • Tamayo was in the U.S. illegally and had a criminal record in California, where he had served time for robbery and was paroled, according to prison records.

    But not deported afterward.

    • Sloppo

      If he wants to be back in the US, deportation only seems to keep a Mexican in Mexico for about a week. It would be different if we had some kind of border security.

  • Luca

    “Secretary of State John Kerry previously asked Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to delay Tamayo’s punishment, saying it ‘could impact the way American citizens are treated in other countries.”

    Was that Kerry’s attempt at a joke? Mexico couldn’t treat American visitors any worse if they tried and any American visiting Mexico deserves whatever they get anyway.

  • Spartacus

    “Tamayo was in the U.S. illegally and had a criminal record in
    California, where he had served time for robbery and was paroled,
    according to prison records.”

    ——————————————————————————————————————–

    Shoulda killed him the first time he was arrested .

  • Pro_Whitey

    God bless Texas!

    • bigone4u

      Message to Kerry, et. al.: Don’t mess with Texas.

  • MekongDelta69

    Adios

  • So CAL Snowman

    The people protesting his execution do not even care in the slightest that he KILLED another human being in cold blood. And the liberals wonder WHY their countries are third world hell holes.

    • Spartacus

      No. He didn’t kill ANOTHER human being, he killed a REAL human being, a category that he will never be a part of …

  • bigone4u

    We win four ways:
    1. Murderer executed.
    2. Mexican executed.
    3. John Kerry put in his place.
    4. Mexican government wee weeing on itself in outrage.
    Win-win-win-win.

    • Non Humans

      Im interested to see how the illega.. er I mean Mexican govt reacts to this in the coming weeks. What are they going to possibly do in retaliation? Instruct mexicans here in the States to close their restaraunts?

  • JohnEngelman

    Those who are sentenced to death should be executed soon after the sentence. Appeals should be the exception, rather than the rule.

    • I prefer the appeals process run the full course. If the state is going to execute folks, I prefer it be the right people and for the right reasons.

      • IstvanIN

        Absolutely. There have been too many cases of prosecutors over-charging defendants and even worse proceeding with prosecutions were they KNOW they have the wrong man but want a conviction.

        • Over-charging is called “hanging paper”.

          • IstvanIN

            …and they do it to get a plea bargain from an innocent person who is too afraid of being convicted of “something”. Gives the persecutor a conviction to advance his career. Justice isn’t so important.

          • BTDT.

      • JohnEngelman

        If there is a reason for an appeal, I can see having one. This guy was on death row for twenty years. That’s ridiculous.

        • There are probably reasons for that, and since we’re not lawyers, neither you nor I know the reasons. I would prefer someone have every chance before we drop the hammer on them. This isn’t about them at all, but instead about what sort of nation in which I would want to live.

          The long, drawn-out process isn’t just for the perps; it is also for us. If we are members of a just society, we shouldn’t tolerate mistakes with the death penalty.

          • JohnEngelman

            Medieval criminal justice systems in Europe lacked modern crime detection. The emphasis was on executing the kind of people who committed crimes. Over the centuries those with criminal inclinations were removed from the European gene pool. The crime rate declined as a result.

          • The human factor you are cheerfully ignoring is that people still lie.

          • RisingReich

            Especially other minorities that are AA hired into CSI labs that are on record of botching hundreds of thousands of cases.

          • serious123

            I have to diagree. No system is ever going to be perfect and that is the main argument used by those who say we should completely do away with the death penalty. On the other side it is equally true that unless it is somewhat timely there is no way the death penalty can have any deterent effect. Therefore society has to strike the best balance it can and certainly has a right to attempt to protect itself against heinous crimes even if some innocents are executed.

      • MBlanc46

        The criminal justice system is so corrupt that I’m very skeptical about the death penalty. This does appear to be a case where there’s little doubt about his guilt. I did think it absurd that his not being informed about the existence of some international treaty could have prevented his sentence from being executed. But I do agree that everyone should get all his days in court.

    • NotTooSwift

      If I had my choice, I would prefer execution over rotting in a prison cell for decades. It is my understanding that time spent on most US death rows consists of 23 hours a day in a cage and 1 hour in another cage to exercise. Now that is punishment. To add some icing on the cake, install a webcam in the cell so the victim’s family can keep tabs on the inmate over the years. Oh yeah, the only TV shows allowed the inmate would be The View and The 700 Club. Now that would be cruel and unusual punishment.

      • I hope you don’t take this as a swipe or an insult.

        But I wish I had a dime for every time I heard someone say what you just said.

        “If it was me, I’d rather be executed than have to spend the rest of my life in a cell.”

        But you’re not going to murder anyone, ever. Are you?

        The biggest mistake of people who spout this line is that they project themselves and their developed frontal lobes and their sophisticated sense of future time orientation onto people whose frontal lobes are simple and who are so impulsive and so live in the now that the concept of the “rest of their lives” means nothing to them.

        • NotTooSwift

          Point well taken. Thanks.

    • Sloppo

      I agree completely in cases where guilt is certain.

  • DonReynolds

    When Bush Jr. was president, he tried to get Mexican murderers off the hook in Texas. Even as a former governor, Bush was unable to delay the execution. Hooray for Texas!

  • RisingReich

    May this mexican goon and similar squatting murders originating from the South Rot In Pieces…..

    • NotTooSwift

      Hey RisingReich, don’t mince words. Tell us how you really feel. Lol

      • RisingReich

        Yeah – I often become rather colorful with my responses. Depends how pi$$ed I am at the moment. Stories about illegal squat monsters and miscegenation typically really draw my ire.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    There were several dozen police officers and supporters of the slain patrolman were revving their motorcycles outside of the prison before witnesses were let inside the death chamber.

    He was executed in Texas because he needed it.

    He got 20 more years of life than the victim got…but ACORN registered him a bunch of times to vote — votes he’ll cast for Wendy Davis, Hillary Clinton and other dems in future elections.

    And, from now on, we’ll have a day without this Mexican.

    Proverbs 11:10: When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices; when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.

  • Charles W.

    Funny how they only care about their own when Whitey is the one pulling the trigger.

    The shakedown-Whitey racket never ends.

  • Extropico

    Dios, bendiga Tejas!

  • Mergatroyd

    “Secretary of State John Kerry previously asked Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to delay Tamayo’s punishment, saying it ‘could impact the way American citizens are treated in other countries.’”

    You mean like the ambassador in Libya, Kerry?

    That was over a videotape according to Obama.

  • While libtards like John Kerry are worrying themselves into a tizzy over alleged US “international obligations”, what about Mexico’s international obligation to stop flooding our country with its violent criminal underclass?

  • Whiteplight sees the Emperor N

    I could tell so many stories of murders and rapes that I personally knew of in California where the perpetrator simply fled back to Mexico where he was never located. Some even returned later to commit more crimes and of course this was/is common with gangs, too.

    I was a victim myself. My professional office was ransacked to the point of non-recovery by a Mexican gang after I called the police when a gang was beating up a girl in my back parking lot. I finally left California in 2002. But I never forget that I am actually a refugee of Diversity and a victim of my government’s refusal to protect its citizenry. My wife and I were just two of millions of whites that fled California from the 1990s on. Some whites are stuck there while others “like” the Diversity. Some people can live in bubbles like the Hollywood crowd, but most can’t.

  • Boris McGuffin

    Can we just bomb Mexico and be done with it?

    • Did you know that Mexico City is in a bowl-shaped valley that was originally an endorheic lake? It would be perfect terrain for a nuclear attack. The supersonic blast waves would echo off the walls back toward each other.

      As a (modern) orc, I am allowed to admit these terrain features when I notice them.

  • Texan1st

    20 years was much too long for such a slam dunk case. This murder occurred barely 1 year into Bill Clinton’s 1st term as president. Tamayo was locked inside the back seat of a police car. The trajectory of the bullets came from the back seat, striking the officer in the back of the head and neck. Tamayo had gun powder residue on his hand and clothing. Tamayo’s fingerprints were on the murder weapon. No bullets entered the car from the outside to the inside. Tamayo was arrested a block away from the scene with Officer Gaddis’ handcuffs still on his wrists. Tamayo was identified as the one placed in Officer Gaddis’ police car. Tamayo’s information had been entered into the police computer by Officer Gaddis. Tamayo’s ID card was in the police car. And most damning of all, Tamayo confessed and blamed the officer for his murder because he failed to adequately search him. This should have never been dragged out 20 years. He should have been given the juice the next day after being convicted and sentenced to death. And if Mexico and the US government doesn’t like it, they should take the necessary steps to keep Mexicans on their side of the border so that we don’t have one of these “international crises” in the future.