facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Texas executes man for murder during robbery

July 17, 2013 at 12:24 AM   |   Comments

HUNTSVILLE, Texas, July 17 (UPI) -- A convicted burglar who killed a retired sheriff's deputy shortly after being released from prison in 2002 was executed Tuesday in Texas.

John Manuel Quintanilla, 36, was put to death by lethal injection in the state prison in Huntsville, KWTX-TV reported. The U.S. Supreme Court rejected two last-ditch appeals by Quintanilla's lawyers, including arguments he made a coerced confession.

Quintanilla was the 501st inmate to be executed in Texas since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the death penalty in the 1970s and the first of two scheduled this week. Vaughn Ross, 41, is scheduled to die Thursday.

In 2002, Quintanilla held up a game parlor in Victoria, Texas, about halfway between Houston and Corpus Christi, shortly after his release from prison. He was convicted of killing Victor Billings, 60, a retired sheriff's deputy who was at the game parlor with his wife.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Merkel urges Putin to withdraw Russian troops from Ukraine Merkel urges Putin to withdraw Russian troops from Ukraine
2
Shark attacks surfer at Santa Cruz beach Shark attacks surfer at Santa Cruz beach
3
Lindsey Graham fears ISIS will come kill us all, in a not at all hysterical way Lindsey Graham fears ISIS will come kill us all, in a not at all hysterical way
4
Rush Limbaugh: Women actually are consenting when they say 'no' Rush Limbaugh: Women actually are consenting when they say 'no'
5
Ohio school bus driver killed saving girl Ohio school bus driver killed saving girl
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback