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U.S. Supreme Court Will Not Review Houston Death Row Case

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Edgar Arias Tamayo (Credit: Photo: TDCJ/HC)

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review the case of a Mexican national sent to Texas death row for gunning down a Houston police officer 18 years ago.  News 92 FM’s Martha Martinez has more:


Edgar Arias Tamayo, 45, was condemned for fatally shooting 24-year-old Officer Guy Gaddis in January of 1994. The patrolman had arrested Tamayo for a robbery outside a Houston nightclub minutes earlier.

Evidence showed Tamayo had hidden a pistol inside his pants and shot the officer from the back seat of the patrol car while he was being taken to jail. The car ran off a road, smashing into a house. Tamayo, still handcuffed, kicked out a window and took off, but was arrested a few blocks away.

The justices rejected his case without comment. Tamayo does not yet have an execution date.

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