The Texas Department of Criminal Justice on Wednesday evening executed an illegal alien cop-killer from Mexico while ignoring complaints from the Mexican government and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
Edgar Tamayo suffered the death penalty for his 1994 murder of a Houston, Texas, police officer, according a statement from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
According to officials, when asked if he wished to make a final statement, he declined.
The 46-year-old Tamayo was then injected with a lethal dose of pentobarbital and he was pronounced dead about 15 minutes after the injection.
The execution of Tamayo is the first in 2014 and it was delayed for over three hours while his attorneys petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a "stay of execution."
The convicted cop-killer's attorneys argued that his rights were violated because, as a foreign citizen, he should have been directed to seek diplomatic assistance from Mexico under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, an international law.
Tamayo's defense attorneys petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court after the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected their appeal that Tamayo was mentally disabled and therefore should not suffer execution.
“If he had the assistance of the Mexican Consulate at the time of [his] trial, Mr. Tamayo would never have been sentenced to death,” his attorneys, Sandra Babcock and Maurie Levin, claimed.
Edgar Tamayo was given the death penalty for fatally shooting Police Officer Guy Gaddis, 24, who had been with the Houston Police Department for only two years. At the time of his murder, Officer Gaddis' wife was expecting their first child.
The president of the Houston Police Officers’ Union, Senior Officer Ray Hunt, stood outside the location of the execution by lethal injection, on Wednesday with about two dozen fellow officers.
When the murdered cop's mother, two brothers, sister-in-law and uncle entered the area on their way to witness Tamayo's execution, they shook hands with the officers, some of whom worked with Officer Gaddis, and they thanked them, Hunt said.
In a letter, Secretary of State John Kerry stated to Texas officials:
“I have no reason to doubt the facts of Mr. Tamayo’s conviction, and as a former prosecutor, I have no sympathy for anyone who would murder a police officer. But the state’s handling of the case could affect the way Americans are treated overseas."
At the time of his killing of Officer Gaddis, Tamayo was illegally living in the United States and had a criminal record in California, where he had been incarcerated for robbery and was paroled, according law enforcement officials. However, he was never deported.
The Lone Star State has executed 509 prisoners since it began utilizing lethal pentobarbital injections in 1982.