POSTED: Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 5:04pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 6:35pm
HUNTSVILLE — A 38-year-old Mexican man has been executed in Texas for the rape-slaying of a San Antonio teenager after White House-backed appeals to spare him were rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Humberto Leal received lethal injection Thursday evening in Huntsville.
His punishment capped a flurry of appeals that argued he deserved additional court review of his case because authorities
didn't tell him he could seek legal help from the Mexican government when he was arrested for the murder of 16-year-old Adria
Sauceda in 1994.
President Barack Obama's administration had joined with Leal's attorneys, arguing a delay was warranted so legislation covering cases like his could work its way through Congress.
Lawyers for the state of Texas opposed the appeals, saying un-passed legislation was not law.
The Supreme Court won't stop Texas from executing a Mexican citizen convicted of raping and killing a 16-year-old girl in a case that has garnered international attention.
Humberto Leal is to be executed Thursday for the murder of Adria Sauceda. And the high court refused to delay the execution despite requests from the Obama administration.
The 38-year-old native of Monterrey, Mexico, was not told he could contact the Mexican consulate after his arrest. His lawyers say police violated an international treaty by not telling him.
The Obama administration wanted a delay of as long as six months to give Congress chance to consider legislation that would allow federal courts to review cases of condemned foreign citizens to determine whether the lack of consular help would have made a significant difference.