Relatives have said Salazar's mother had urged her daughter to break up with Villegas when she learned of the sex charges against him. The Supreme Court has prohibited execution of mentally impaired people, although states have been allowed to devise procedures to make their own determinations. Villegas, a former cook, dishwasher and laborer, was free on bond for a sexual assault charge and was supposed to go on trial the day of the killings for an incident in which a woman said he punched her in the face.
The Texas Attorney General's office disputed the IQ finding, saying examinations of Villegas showed no mental impairment and the cited in his appeal was based on testing after he received an execution date and had no incentive to do well on the test. Chrome Safari Continue. Within less than a minute, all movement had stopped.
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State attorneys also argued his lawyers had 10 years to raise impairment claims but didn't do so until days before his scheduled punishment. Villegas' lawyers filed a last-day appeal asking the Supreme Court to stop his punishment, saying testing in February showed he had an IQ of The high court denied it several hours later, slightly delaying the punishment.
Attorneys argued the slayings were not intentional and Villegas was mentally ill. The Supreme Court has upheld that stance.
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Following his conviction for capital murder, Villegas was convicted of two counts of indecency with related to the daughter of the woman he was accused of punching in the face prior to the slayings. Villegas was convicted of fatally stabbing Erida Salazar, 23, her 3-year-old son, Jacob, and Salazar's mother, Alma Perez, 51, in January Their bodies were discovered by Salazar's father when he returned home after being excused from jury duty.
Four of the nine justices indicated in the brief court order that they would have given him a reprieve.
Just as the pentobarbital began taking effect, he said, "It does kind of burn. Courts also have embraced scientific studies that consider a 70 IQ a threshold for impairment, and the high court justices are reviewing a Florida law stipulating that for death penalty eligibility.
When arresting him, police found three bags of cocaine in his baseball cap. I love you all, and I love my children. Villegas became the third Texas inmate executed with a new stock of pentobarbital from a provider corrections officials have refused to identify, citing the possibility of threats of violence against the supplier.
Villegas also had convictions for making terroristic threats to kill women, burglary and possessing inhalants. Police spotted Villegas driving Salazar's stolen car and he led them on a chase that ended with him on foot and urging officers to shoot him.
A defense psychiatrist testified Villegas experienced "intermittent explosive disorder," a condition that led to uncontrollable rages. Each had been stabbed at least 19 times. He became the seventh prisoner executed this year in the nation's most active death penalty state. The lethal injection of Villegas, 39, was carried out after his attorneys unsuccessfully argued to the U. Supreme Court that he was mentally impaired and ineligible for the death penalty.