Another Texas criminal case that received national attention will be reaching a new stage this week. Most readers will recall the infamous “
For those not familiar with the story, the soon-to-be-executed Michael Rodriguez and six companions overpowered workers at the prison system’s Connally Unit in South Texas. After retrieving a getaway car left by Rodriguez’s father (now there’s a dad who helps his kid pursue a dream), the seven convicts decided to rob a sporting good store in
According to Texas state law, the death penalty may be imposed on those found guilty of a capital felony, which means that someone "intentionally or knowingly causes the death of an individual under special circumstances.” The
Rodriguez is ready to face the death sentence. He worked for more than a year to cease attempts at any further appeals. In his only interview with the press, Rodriguez said, "I think it's a fair sentence," he added. "I need to pay back. I can't pay back monetarily. This is the way." Understandably, the wife of slain officer Hawkins replied that the apology and feelings of remorse come more than a little late for her husband.
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