Attorneys for Mexican national want execution halt

By: MICHAEL GRACZYK Associated Press
By: MICHAEL GRACZYK Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) - Attorneys for a Mexican national facing execution next month in Texas are asking the state parole board to recommend halting his punishment because the inmate convicted of killing a Houston police officer didn't receive help from the Mexican government under international treaties.

Forty-six-year-old Edgar Tamayo is set for lethal injection Jan. 22 for the January 1994 fatal shooting of 24-year-old officer Guy Gaddis. Gaddis had arrested Tamayo for a robbery moments earlier.

Tamayo's attorneys Wednesday told the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles that state officials haven't followed through on promises to review consular rights claims for offenders like Tamayo.

They also contend assistance from the Mexican consulate would have helped his trial attorneys obtain mitigating evidence from Mexico to convince jurors to decide on a punishment other than death.

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