The Supreme Court Order in Villegas v. Texas is at the link. For justices noted that they would have stayed the execution.
"Texas man executed for triple murder: 'It does kind of burn. Goodbye'," is the AP report, via the Guardian.
The lethal injection of Jose Villegas, 39, was carried out after his attorneys unsuccessfully argued to the US supreme court that he was mentally impaired and ineligible for the death penalty.
"I would like to remind my children once again I love them," Villegas said when asked if he had a statement before being put to death. "Everything is OK. I love you all, and I love my children. I am at peace."
Just as the pentobarbital began taking effect, he said: "It does kind of burn. Goodbye." He gasped several times, then started to breathe quietly. Within less than a minute, all movement had stopped.
Villegas was pronounced dead at 7.04pm CDT, 11 minutes after the lethal dose of the sedative began. He became the seventh prisoner executed this year in the nation's most active death penalty state.
The Huntsville Item reports, "Man executed for triple murder," by Cody Stark.
Villegas closed his eyes and as the lethal dose of pentobarbital began to take effect, he blurted out, “It does kind of burn. Goodbye, goodbye.”
He made several gurgling noises, then lost consciousness. Villegas was pronounced dead at 7:04 p.m., 11 minutes after the drug was administered. He is the seventh inmate to be executed in Texas this year.
There have been 17 executions in American death penalty states this year; a total of 1,376 post-Furman executions since 1977.
According to TDCJ, Texas state district courts have set three additional execution dates.