Leader

Collapse

Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

'Texas 7' set to be executed!!

Collapse

300x250 Mobile

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • 'Texas 7' set to be executed!!

    LIVINGSTON — Michael Rodriguez remembers the exhilaration of newfound freedom when he hid in the back of a stolen truck as he and six of his buddy convicts staged one of Texas' most notorious prison breaks.

    Then he recalls seeing his photo on national TV and grasping the reality that their Hollywood-style plan to rob a Nevada casino had gone terribly awry. He and his fellow fugitives were being hunted everywhere as the killers of a police officer, Aubrey Hawkins, at a store they robbed outside Dallas.

    This week, Rodriguez is set to become the first of the six surviving members of the infamous "Texas 7" — all of them now on death row — to go to the death chamber.

    "I'm glad we got caught, so no one else would get hurt," Rodriguez said, discussing with a reporter for the first time his involvement in the crime spree eight years ago.

    "It was so thrilling that we actually got away with it," he said of the December 2000 escape from a maximum security prison. "But after Mr. Hawkins got killed, and I saw (ABC's) Peter Jennings on the TV news with our pictures, I thought: 'Oh my God, Oh my God. Am I in trouble!'"

    After some six weeks of evading an intense manhunt, the fugitives were captured in Colorado. One of the seven killed himself as authorities closed in on him.

    "I'm glad it ended when it did. It would have been a mess."

    Rodriguez, 45, said he welcomes this week's execution, set for Thursday.

    "I have a lot of people here telling me how unfair the system is," he told the Associated Press in what he said would be his first and last media interview. "At some point in our lives, you have to have some sort of accountability. I can't see how people in my situation deny that."

    Rodriguez, who first went to prison with a life sentence for arranging the 1992 slaying of his wife in San Antonio, worked for more than a year to convince the courts he was competent to drop his appeals and volunteer for execution.

    "I'm just moving forward," Rodriguez said from a small visiting cage at the Polunsky Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, site of the state's death row. "Look. I'm guilty of what they said — everything."

    And he said he wants the family of his former wife, Theresa, and the relatives the slain police officer "to know how truly sorry I am and I am willing to pay."

    "I think it's a fair sentence," he added. "I need to pay back. I can't pay back monetarily. This is the way."

    The slain police officer's wife, Lori Hawkins, calls Rodriguez's apologies "a little too late."

    Rodriguez and six other inmates overpowered workers at the state prison system's Connally Unit near Kenedy in South Texas on Dec. 13, 2000, took the workers' clothes, grabbed guns from the prison armory and fled in a prison truck.

    "It was an experience. It's real strange to think on that and how I got here," he said.

    They drove to a nearby store, where Rodriguez's father had parked another truck for them. Raul Rodriguez later pleaded guilty to being involved in the escape plan.

    They headed to Irving, a Dallas suburb, where ringleader George Rivas, a convicted robber serving 18 life terms, had a plan to rob a sporting goods store by posing as employees of its security service. They got uniforms from a used clothing store in Houston and radios from an electronics store holdup.

    "George Rivas thought he planned everything," Rodriguez said.

    While some gang members scrambled to find materials to restrain store employees and others gathered weapons, a woman outside noticed the activity and called police.

    Hawkins caught the call. He'd been having Christmas Eve dinner with his wife and son a few blocks away.

    Patrick Murphy, a convicted rapist who was posted as a lookout, tried to warn his fellow escapees that a police officer was driving into the parking lot, but their radios "didn't pick up real well."

    Rodriguez said that when he saw the police car he hid under sleeping bags they had stuffed with stolen guns and money.

    "I just heard shots — pop, pop, pop. I thought it was the police. But no, it was us," he said.

    Afterward, he went to the police car, where the officer appeared to already be dead.

    The gang went to Colorado, were Rivas used cash from the store robbery to buy a big RV, and even went to a police supply store, posing as a lawman, and ordered body armor to be used in the Nevada casino heist.

    On Jan. 22, 2001, a SWAT team surrounded the gang at a trailer park outside Colorado Springs, Colo.

    "I'd never seen anything like that in my life," Rodriguez said of the police firepower.

    Rivas, Rodriguez, Garcia and Randy Halprin were arrested. Larry James Harper, another convicted rapist, committed suicide. Murphy and Donald Newbury, a convicted robber, surrendered two days later in Colorado Springs.

    He blamed the original crime that landed him in prison for life, the 1992 murder-for-hire slaying of his wife, on "the lust of a coed" he met at what then was Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos.

    "My wife was a wonderful person and didn't deserve this. I fell for a coed. It was stupid. I sit in my cell and think: How the heck did I get here?

    "But I was a willing participant. You can call it lust ... I really thought I would get off, like a lot of people who are deluded."
    ‘Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.’
    Oscar Wilde

  • #2
    1 committed suicide rather then face the jury
    Now He is the first, and its cause he gave up...

    buh bye
    ‘Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.’
    Oscar Wilde

    Comment


    • #3
      At least Rodriguez seems to have his head on his shoulders now...

      "I think it's a fair sentence," he added. "I need to pay back. I can't pay back monetarily. This is the way."

      Probably a good man who made horrible mistakes... an early RIP to him!

      Comment


      • #4
        Originally posted by CajunController View Post
        At least Rodriguez seems to have his head on his shoulders now...

        "I think it's a fair sentence," he added. "I need to pay back. I can't pay back monetarily. This is the way."

        Probably a good man who made horrible mistakes... an early RIP to him!
        I'm kind of suprised that he didn't mention god or religion i.e. sayin that he will be going on a journey to a new place or some of the same proverbial religious crap that is spewed out by people all over the world without a shred of credibility.

        Maybe he doesn't believe in any of that hocus pocus stuff and thinks he will be gone forever with no afterlife. Unfortuantely that is the most likely reality.

        Comment


        • #5
          Indeed, I sensed sincerity in his statements. Being that he didn't actually shoot the officer, I'd have expected him to whine and b*tch about how unfair it is that he has to die.
          Last edited by CajunController; 08-10-2008, 06:00 PM.

          Comment


          • #6
            Sounds sincere. There are of course other possibilities. I did find it interesting that he "worked for more than a year to convince the courts he was competent to drop his appeals and volunteer for execution." I guess a willingness to die is not on the face of it considered a sign of competence.

            Comment


            • #7
              Originally posted by cmr164 View Post
              Sounds sincere. There are of course other possibilities. I did find it interesting that he "worked for more than a year to convince the courts he was competent to drop his appeals and volunteer for execution." I guess a willingness to die is not on the face of it considered a sign of competence.
              He started when there was the DP on hold. He stated He was "tired of fighting with appeals" or something to that degree. His lawyers did the mental compatibly thing but lost. He is tied of DR and the rules of living there.
              ‘Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.’
              Oscar Wilde

              Comment


              • #8
                I remember printing their photos out for briefings. For some reason crooks flee to Vegas, so I figured they would end up here. If I remember correct, they were caught in Colorado. I hope they all die a slow and painful death..

                RIP Officer Aubrey Hawkins

                Comment


                • #9
                  Also remember

                  Trooper Jason Lee Manspeaker
                  Colorado State Patrol
                  Colorado
                  End of Watch: Tuesday, January 23, 2001

                  Biographical Info
                  Age: 25
                  Tour of Duty: 1 year, 5 months
                  Badge Number: Not available

                  Incident Details
                  Cause of Death: Automobile accident
                  Date of Incident: Tuesday, January 23, 2001
                  Weapon Used: Not available
                  Suspect Info: Not available

                  Trooper Jason Manspeaker was killed in a vehicle accident while responding to investigate the sighting of a van suspected of being used during the murder of Irving, Texas, Police Officer Aubrey Hawkins.

                  During the response, Trooper Manspeaker's Jeep Cherokee patrol vehicle left the icy roadway and struck a flat bed tractor trailer that was parked on the shoulder of I-70 near Loveland Pass.

                  The van sighted was later located, but it was not the van used in the murder. However, the van used during Officer Hawkins' murder was located later in the day in a different part of Colorado.

                  Trooper Manspeaker had served with the Colorado State Patrol for 18 months. He is survived by his wife.
                  sigpic
                  Let your watchword be duty, and know no other talisman of success than labor. Let honor be your guiding star in your dealing with your superiors, with your fellows, with all. Be as true to a trust reposed as the needle to the pole. Stand by the right even to the sacrifice of life itself, and learn that death is preferable to dishonor. ~ Gov. Richard Coke, October 4, 1876

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    I don't buy into alot of this truly "Im sorry" No, he doesn't get that dignity. I think alot of death row inmates truly say these things cause they know theyre about to burn in hell. As a man of faith I truly hope they do really mean it but I just don't buy it. If they do mean it then they need to keep it to themselves. They should die without dignity, as the monsters they are. To give out heart felt apologies and feelings of guilt and all the other crap that makes the liberal media go a big rubbery one, stinks.
                    Caedite eos. Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius.

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      He was sorry for the first murder, he was sorry for escaping from prison, he was sorry the officer was killed, he was sorry for hiding with the others until they were capture. I'm a little cycnical but i'm not buying it. He's sorry he got caught twice and was never going to see a day outside of prison again. He just wanted to die more than stay in prison for the rest of his life.
                      The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        It's an absolute shame the taxpayers have been paying the bills for this scum to remain living since their escape. The executions have been LONG overdue. Goodby and good riddance, the world will be a safer place.
                        “Any police officer, our sworn duty, our obligation to our society, is to try our best to protect their lives and property. If we can’t protect our own lives, we don’t have any business trying to protect anybody else’s lives.”

                        “There are not any second place winners in a gunfight. There is a winner. And a funeral.”

                        “When you get in a gunfight and you draw and miss, it’s a little late to start making excuses.”

                        Lt. Dan Combs, Oklahoma Highway Patrol (1970)

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          "Rodriguez, 45, said he welcomes this week's execution, set for Thursday."

                          Regardless of the number of protesters expected outside the prison on Thursday, it's nice to see that at least someone will be happy with the execution!
                          "I'm not fluent in the language of violence, but I know enough to get around in places where it's spoken."

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            What is his choice for last meal? What would be YOUR choice for last meal? My choice would be a MILLION more meals! If they say they honor the last meal request they would have let you live to get the million more meals! LOL!

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              R.I.P. Officer Hawkins, and Trooper Manspeaker................................

                              Comment

                              MR300x250 Tablet

                              Collapse

                              What's Going On

                              Collapse

                              There are currently 5654 users online. 317 members and 5337 guests.

                              Most users ever online was 26,947 at 07:36 PM on 12-29-2019.

                              Welcome Ad

                              Collapse
                              Working...
                              X