Daniel Lopez, Texas
August 12, 2015
Daniel Lee Lopez was executed by the state of Texas on Wednesday, August 12, 2015. Daniel was pronounced dead at 6:31 pm, inside the execution chamber at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. He was 27 years of age and executed for the murder of Lt. Stuart Alexander, a 20-year veteran of the Corpus Christi Police Department, on March 11, 2009. Daniel spent the last five years of his life on Texas’ death row.
Daniel dropped out of school after the 10th grade. As a child, Daniel was diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a second learning disability, and poor impulse control. At the age of 12, Daniel assaulted his mother. By the age of 17, Daniel had numerous encounters with law enforcement. Before his arrest, Daniel tried to commit suicide twice.
Shortly after midnight on March 11, 2009, Daniel Lopez was observed running a stop sign by a police officer. The police officer pulled Lopez over, where a confrontation ensued. The officer attempted to use pepper spray to subdue Lopez. Lopez was able to escape when the taser and radio wires became wrapped around the officer’s legs.
Lopez claims that he fled because he thought there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He also had drugs in the car. Lopez led police on a car chase. Police eventually laid down spike strips to flatten Lopez’s tires. Lopez saw the strips and swerved, hitting Lt. Stuart Alexander with his car. Lt. Alexander died from his injuries.
Police were then able to surround Lopez’s vehicle. In an attempt to escape, Lopez then attempted to run over another officer. Lopez was finally subdued after he was injured by a police officer shooting him.
Lopez waived his rights to the normal appeals process.
Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Stuart Alexander. Please pray for strength for the family of Daniel Lopez.
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