A member of the Mexican mafia will remain on Texas death row after his latest court appeal is rejected. Mike Barajas reports:
Manuel Vasquez, 44, was sentenced to die for killing a woman in San Antonio because she failed to pay the Mexican Mafia a 10 percent tax on drug sales.
Defense lawyers argued that Vasquez had deficient legal help at his 1999 trial and that prosecutors withheld some information from a man who was severely beaten in the same attack.
The defense also challenged the racial makeup of the grand jury that indicted Vasquez and contended that one of his gang partners gave perjured testimony.
But the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected all those claims so Vasquez will remain on Texas Death row.
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