HUNTSVILLE, Texas (Reuters) - Texas executed a mechanic on Wednesday who was convicted of murdering a taxi driver, marking the second of three planned executions this week.
John Amador, 32, condemned for the fatal shooting and robbery of a San Antonio cab driver in 1994, was the 23rd man put to death in Texas this year and the second man executed this week. Another execution is scheduled for Thursday.
Since Texas resumed capital punishment in 1982, 402 people have been executed. The U.S. Supreme Court lifted a moratorium on the practice in 1976.
Prosecutors said Amador and his 16-year-old cousin hailed the victim's cab and had him drive to a rural area. The 32-year-old taxi driver and a woman riding with him were shot, but the woman survived and identified Amador as the gunman.
At the time of the Texas slaying, Amador was on parole after a three-year stay in a California youth prison for his role in the fatal stabbing of his stepfather.
In his last statement while strapped to a gurney, Amador asked God to forgive his executors. "Give them peace, God, for people seeking revenge towards me," Amador said.
Tuesday night, Texas executed DaRoyce Mosley, 32, for his role in a 1994 quadruple slaying during an armed robbery.
Mosley was convicted of murdering Patricia Colter, one of four victims killed in a shooting in an East Texas bar, according to the Texas Attorney General's office.
In his last statement, Mosley sent his love to his pen pals and fellow death row inmates.
"Keep your head up and continue to fight," Mosley said.
Neither Amador nor Mosley requested a last meal.
Additional reporting by Ed Stoddard in Dallas