HOUSTON – It’s Huntsville’s first execution of the year, and it’s proving to be a controversial one. Edgar Tamayo was put to death Wednesday night after the U.S. Supreme Court refused a stay of execution.
Tamayo shot Houston Officer Guy Gaddis from the backseat of a patrol car in 1994.
Tamayo’s attorneys and the Mexican Government say the case was tainted from the beginning because he wasn’t told he could get the legal help from his home country following his arrest.
But Tamayo never got off death row, and people on both sides of the border are outraged.
“We know that international law is bring broken with this execution. We even know that some of the decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court are being broken. We certainly should not be executing somebody from another country,” said David Atwood, Founder of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.
Even worse, the U.S. State Department says Tamayo’s execution could impact the way Americans are treated in other countries.
“When your government signs an international treaty, that should apply to all the states,” said Atwood.
But Governor Rick Perry’s office says “If you commit a despicable crime like this in Texas, you are subject to state laws.”
And we all know how Texas feels about the death penalty.