Published October 27, 2009
HUNTSVILLE, Texas – A man convicted of murder in the robbery and slaying of another man in San Antonio more than nine years ago has been executed in Texas.
Twenty-eight-year-old Reginald Blanton received lethal injection for the April 2000 shooting death of Carlos Garza at the 22-year-old man's apartment.
Blanton maintained his innocence but a security video submitted at his capital murder trial showed him pawning two gold necklaces and a religious medal belonging to Garza about 20 minutes after the shooting. Blanton was wearing more of Garza's jewelry when he was arrested four days later.
Blanton's twin told police Blanton broke into Garza's apartment, believing no one was home, and shot Garza when he appeared.
The execution Tuesday evening came less than two hours after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected last-day appeals.