Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015|5:34 p.m.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas– A Texas male already being sought for a next-door neighbor’s slaying when he eliminated a Dallas policeman outside a club was executed Wednesday.
Licho Escamilla was put to death for the November 2001 death of Christopher Kevin James who was aiming to break up a brawl including Escamilla. The 33-year-old detainee was pronounced dead at 6:31 p.m. CDT– 18 minutes after the lethal injection started.
Escamilla became the 24th founded guilty killer performed this year in the United States. Texas has represented 12 of the executions.
Prior to dying, Escamilla looked at the killed officer’s child, who was seated a couple of feet away watching through a window, and informed her: “God bless your heart.”
He relied on his relatives watching through another window and stated he enjoyed them and everybody who supported him.
“Pope Francis, God’s youngsters has asked the state of Texas to change my death sentence to life in prison,” he said. “But the state of Texas has refused to listen to God’s youngsters.
“They will have to take that up with God,” he included.
He took 2 breaths as the sedative pentobarbital took effect, then became still. His sibling sobbed and shrieked for God not to take him.
The rumbling of motorbikes could be heard outside the jail where cyclists supporting the penalty had actually gathered.
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to evaluate his case recently and no added appeals were filed as his execution neared. The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles on Monday chose against a reprieve and clemency.
James and 3 other uniformed officers were working off-duty when the brawl started. Escamilla took out a gun and opened fire on the officers as they attempted to end the battle.
The bullets from his 9 mm semi-automatic handgun struck James twice, knocking him to the ground. Escamilla then calmly approached the officer and fired three more shots into the back of his head before running and exchanging shots with other officers, witnesses stated. A 2nd officer wounded in the shootout made it through.
A wounded Escamilla was arrested as he tried to carjack a truck.
About a half-dozen Dallas policeman stood at attention and saluted as relatives of the killed officer entered the prison in Huntsville ahead of the execution.
“It’s taken longer than we would have liked,” Frederick Frazier, first vice president of the Dallas Police Association, said.
He stated he and others showed up to support James and make sure he’s born in mind for the work he did. While officers know they’re risking their lives every day, James’ death has been challenging for them due to the fact that of how it occurred, Frazier included.
James, 34, had earned lots of commendations during his nearly 7 years on the Dallas police force after finishing at the top of his cadet class. He was working the off-duty security task to make extra money so he and his new other half could buy a home.
Escamilla was 19 at the time of the officer’s killing and a warrant had actually been released for him in the shooting death of a West Dallas next-door neighbor almost 3 weeks previously.
Escamilla’s trial attorneys informed jurors he was accountable for James’ slaying however argued it didn’t merit a death sentence since James had not been formally on responsibility, implying the criminal activity didn’t qualify as a capital murder.
He was sentenced to death in October 2002. At his trial in Dallas, Escamilla got a water pitcher off the defense table and threw it at the jury as the judge was reading his sentence.
Escamilla likewise began kicking and hitting people and concealed under the table up until he was suppressed by deputies who triggered an electronic stun belt he was putting on.
Testament showed Escamilla bragged to lifesaver who were treating his wounds that he had actually eliminated an officer and injured another which he ‘d be out of jail in 2 Days. He also confessed to the slaying throughout a television interview from jail.