He was aware of the laws of the United States and of Texas.
He grew up here. He will die here for what he did.
The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles on Tuesday denied a request to stay the execution of a Mexican national convicted in the bludgeoning death of a San Antonio teen, a case that has become the focus of an international dispute over consular rights.
Humberto Leal Jr., 38, of Monterrey, Mexico, is scheduled to die by injection Thursday. The U.S. Supreme Court has not ruled on a separate application for a reprieve. In Texas, Leal's only remaining hope is Gov. Rick Perry, who could choose to stay the execution for 30 days.
Perry hadn't made a decision by Tuesday evening, the governor's spokeswoman Katherine Cesinger said in an emailed statement, adding: “That said, if you commit the most heinous of crimes in Texas, you can expect to face the ultimate penalty under our laws, as in this case, where Leal was convicted of raping and bludgeoning a 16-year-old girl to death.”