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Scheduled Execution Link Last Name First Name TDCJ Number Date of Birth Race Date Received County
11/08/2017 Offender Information Cardenas Ruben 999275 04/07/1970 H 07/29/1998 Hidalgo
12/14/2017 Offender Information Castillo Juan 999502 04/03/1981 H 09/27/2005 Bexar
1/18/2018 Offender Information Shore Anthony 999488 06/25/1962 W 11/15/2004 Harris
1/30/2018 Offender Information Rayford William 999371 05/21/1953 B 01/04/2001 Dallas
2/1/2018 Offender Information Battaglia John 999412 08/02/1955 W 05/01/2002 Dallas
2/22/2018 Offender Information Whitaker Thomas 999522 12/31/1979 W 03/23/2007 Fort Bend

Last updated November 7, 2017

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Planned execution of Mexican national draws international ire

Wednesday's scheduled execution of a Mexican national has drawn the attention of the country's government and international groups.


Mexican officials and United Nations human rights experts have called for a stop to a Texas execution that is hours away.

The man sentenced to die Wednesday evening, Mexican national Ruben Cárdenas, was never given the chance to speak to his country’s consulate after his arrest more than 20 years ago, a violation of an international treaty. Cárdenas also was not provided a lawyer until 11 days after his arrest, and his representatives claim evidence against him is faulty and his confession was coerced.

“If the scheduled execution of Mr. Cárdenas goes ahead, the US Government will have implemented a death penalty without complying with international human rights standards,” said Agnes Callamard and Elina Steinerte, independent experts with the U.N.’s Human Rights system, in a news release.

Cárdenas was convicted and sentenced to death in the 1997 Edinburg murder of his 16-year-old cousin, Mayra Laguna. After hours of interrogation, Cárdenas confessed that he snuck into his cousin’s room through an open window early on a February morning and then kidnapped, raped and killed her before leaving her body near a canal, according to court records. :snip: https://www.texastribune.org/2017/11/08/planned-execution-mexican-national-draws-international-ire/

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