HUNTSVILLE, Texas - A Mexican national was executed Thursday evening for the rape-slaying of a San Antonio teenager after the U.S. Supreme Court turned down a White House-supported appeal to spare him in a death-penalty case where Texas justice triumphed over international treaty concerns.
Humberto Leal, 38, received lethal injection for the 1994 murder of Adria Sauceda. She was bludgeoned with a piece of asphalt.
Leal moved with his family from Monterrey, Mexico, to the United States as a toddler. Police never told Leal after his arrest that he could seek legal assistance from the Mexican government under an international treaty, and his case had prompted appeals on what it could mean for other foreigners arrested in the United States and for Americans detained abroad. His appeals lawyers said such assistance would have helped his defense.