Mexican national's lawyers want execution halted

Mexican national's lawyers want execution halted

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A federal judge has refused to issue an injunction sought by attorneys for a Mexican national facing execution this week in Texas.

Edgar Arias Tamayo's lawyers argued Texas clemency procedures are unfair and wanted a more open process before his execution, scheduled for Wednesday, was carried out.

But U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel in Austin late Tuesday said procedures provided Tamayo adequate due process and conformed with Supreme Court guidance.

Tamayo is set for lethal injection for fatally shooting a Houston police officer, Guy Gaddis, 20 years ago. Tamayo's attorneys and the Mexican government say that when he was arrested he should have been told he could receive legal help from his home country in accordance with an international treaty.