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    HUNTSVILLE — Condemned inmate Michael Rodriguez, convicted of taking part in killing a Dallas-area police officer nearly eight years ago while a member of the infamous "Texas 7" gang of escaped fugitives, was executed Thursday.

    Rodriguez, who had dropped all appeals and volunteered for lethal injection, apologized profusely.

    "My punishment is nothing compared to the pain and sorrow I've brought you," Rodriguez said. "I'm not strong enough to ask for forgiveness because I don't know if I am worthy...

    "I ask the Lord to please forgive me. I've done horrible things that brought sorrow and pain to these wonderful people," he said, looking directly at the widow of the slain police officer and Rodriguez's former sister-in-law.

    "I'm sorry, so sorry," he said repeatedly.

    As the drugs took effect, Rodriguez, 45, was praying in a whisper. "I'm ready to go, Lord," he said.

    Seven minutes later, at 6:20 p.m. CDT, he was pronounced dead.

    Outside the prison, several dozen police officers stood at attention while the execution was carried out, their hands clasped in front of them.

    "Let's do the right thing — for once," he explained in a recent interview with The Associated Press. "My parents raised me to be accountable."

    He was the eighth convicted killer executed this year in the nation's busiest capital punishment state and the fourth this month. Another is set for next week. He was the first of the six surviving "Texas 7" band to be put to death.

    Rodriguez for more than two years pushed to have his punishment carried out. A federal judge held competency hearings to ensure Rodriguez could make such a decision. After the judge approved, the execution was stalled while the U.S. Supreme Court considered challenges that lethal injection was unconstitutionally cruel. But after the justices earlier this year ruled the method was not improper, Rodriguez's execution date was set.

    He already was serving a life prison term for arranging the fatal shooting of his wife in San Antonio in 1992 when he and six fellow inmates broke out of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's Connally Unit in December 2000 by overpowering some workers there, stealing their clothes and breaking into the prison armory to get guns. Their escape was aided by his father, who parked a getaway vehicle nearby, enabling them to ditch a stolen prison truck. Rodriguez's father later was convicted of helping them.

    "Rodriguez was one of the more violent ones during the escape," Toby Shook, the former Dallas County assistant district attorney who prosecuted him for capital murder, recalled. "He would put these shanks in people's ears while they were being tied up, making threats."

    Two weeks after the break, on Christmas Eve evening, the fugitives shot and killed Aubrey Hawkins, an Irving policeman, during the robbery of a sporting goods store that netted them $70,000, more guns and the IDs of employees. Rodriguez acknowledged taking the fatally wounded officer's gun and pulling him from his patrol car.

    Shook said evidence showed he also was among the gang shooting at Hawkins and a gun that was left behind at the scene belonged to Rodriguez. Evidence showed a bullet from that gun was lodged in the dashboard of the officer's car.

    "It was headed straight for him," Shook said. "So he was right in front of him and firing directly at him."

    Hawkins was shot 11 times was run over with his own car.

    A month later, Rodriguez and three of the prisoners were captured at a trailer park outside Colorado Springs, Colo. A fourth escapee, Larry Harper, killed himself as police closed in. Two others surrendered two days later, ending one of Texas' most notorious prison breaks.

    "I'm glad we got caught, so no one else would get hurt," Rodriguez said from death row.

    His five remaining accomplices — George Rivas, Randy Halprin, Donald Newbury, Joseph Garcia and Patrick Murphy — joined him on death row. Appeals for each remain in the courts and none has an execution date.

    "The memory of Office Aubrey Hawkins, his dedication to duty and family are cherished by the Irving Police Department and others that knew Aubrey," the Irving department said in a statement released Thursday. "His legacy and his service are not forgotten.

    "Our police family suffered a devastating loss through Aubrey's ultimate sacrifice."

    Dozens of officers were expected to be outside the Huntsville Unit prison, where executions are carried out, to stand vigil.

    Hawkins' wife, Lori, was scheduled to be among the people watching Rodriguez die.

    "The hardest thing is the constant presence of it," she said. "It's not like there's one person involved. There are six."

    She attended the first couple of trials but then stopped.

    "It was like reliving it every two years," she said.

    She had been married to the officer for four years, then at age 27 became a widow. She has since remarried.

    "I had to move on," she said.

    Rodriguez said his earlier murder conviction, for paying a hit man to kill his wife, Theresa, was the result of an infatuation with a younger woman who was a student at a university in San Marcos where Rodriguez also was taking classes.

    "It was stupid," Rodriguez acknowledged.
    ‘Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.’
    Oscar Wilde

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    "My punishment is nothing compared to the pain and sorrow I've brought you," Rodriguez said. "I'm not strong enough to ask for forgiveness because I don't know if I am worthy...
    He isn't worthy, of anything.
    Rodriguez said his earlier murder conviction, for paying a hit man to kill his wife, Theresa, was the result of an infatuation with a younger woman who was a student at a university in San Marcos where Rodriguez also was taking classes.

    "It was stupid," Rodriguez acknowledged."
    what a winner. I don't think he will be missed much.
    ‘Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.’
    Oscar Wilde

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    • #3
      People do stupid things, but all should be forgiven. And I'm sure someone will miss him, like his jailhouse pimp.

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        I feel warm all over.
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        • #5
          ^
          it took 8 years to kill this son on a beach huh?

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          • #6
            See ya sucker!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by 1042 Trooper View Post
              I feel warm all over.
              thats called sun bathing. Do it too long and you'll turn red.
              ‘Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.’
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              • #8
                Originally posted by texaschickeee View Post
                HUNTSVILLE — Condemned inmate Michael Rodriguez, convicted of taking part in killing a Dallas-area police officer nearly eight years ago while a member of the infamous "Texas 7" gang of escaped fugitives, was executed Thursday.

                ...

                Seven minutes later, at 6:20 p.m. CDT, he was pronounced dead.

                I’ll die with blue in my veins.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Super_HKS View Post
                  ^
                  it took 8 years to kill this son on a beach huh?
                  Actually (and unfortunately), that's pretty quick in this day & age. Like the song says; "God Bless Texas". I'm proud of Virginia being #2 but we've got to "try [much] harder". We're a distant #2.

                  Now pause.....take a deep breath. See? More air for us to breathe. We're going to need that some day.
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                  • #10

                    We in VA could surpass Texas and be #1 if we would get rid of the "needle" and install electric bleachers. Clean out Death Row in one fell swoop.


                    Seriously, though, I say "Good riddance!" to another scumbag. Too bad it probably cost the taxpayers more to 'off' him than it would have cost to give him three hots and a cot for the rest of his days.

                    Last edited by VA Dutch; 08-17-2008, 08:02 AM.

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                    The aforementioned advice should not be construed to represent any type of professional opinion, legal counsel or other type of instruction with regard to traffic laws, judicial proceedings or official agency policy.

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                    • #11
                      gotta love texas, if you kill someone we will kill you back....good riddance 8 years isn't very long, but then he gave up his right to appeal....the other losers won't see whats coming to them for another decade
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