Update: Esparza has now been executed. His last words were “To the family of Alyssa Vasquez, I hope you will find peace in your heart. My sympathy goes out to you. I hope you find it in your heart to forgive me. I don’t know why all of this happened.” He was pronounced dead at 6:21 p.m. CST.
Texas is set to carry out another execution in less than an hour, with the lethal injection of Guadalupe Esparza, who has exhausted his appeals. Esparza was convicted of sexually assaulting and killing a 7-year-old girl in San Antonio in June 1999.
He has denied that it was him, and recently told the San Antonio Express-News “I’m not capable of doing anything like this.” However, there is DNA evidence that links him to the crime and a judge who authorized a review of DNA in the case was told last week the findings were consistent with the evidence presented during Esparza’s 2001 trial.
Esparza is set to die at 6 p.m. at Texas State Penitentiary in Huntsville.