HUNTSVILLE, TX -- Texas has executed Mexican-born condemned prisoner Jose Medellin for the 1993 rape-slayings of two teenage Houston girls.
The state carried out the execution late Tuesday night after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his request for a reprieve in a split vote. Medellin, 33, claimed he was denied treaty-guaranteed help from the Mexican consulate when he was arrested.
His execution, the fifth this year in the nation's busiest capital punishment state, attracted international attention because of the claims although Texas authorities said he never invoked his consular rights until four years after he was arrested. By then, he had been convicted and condemned of participating in the fatal attack of Elizabeth Pena, 16, and Jennifer Ertman, 14.