SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – A member of the infamous “Texas 7” gang of escaped has been executed in Huntsville. Before the lethal drugs started flowing through his veins, 47-year-old Joseph Garcia asked God to “forgive them for they know not what they do.”
Garcia was put to death Tuesday night for the fatal shooting of a Irving Police Officer Aubrey Hawkins during a Christmas Even robbery in 2000.
He was part of a group of seven inmates who broke out of the Connally Unit in South Texas and committed numerous robberies , including the one during which they killed Hawkins.
They were eventually captured in January 2001. Garcia is the fourth Texas Seven member to be executed. One of the Texas Seven killed himself as police were closing in.