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Texas Executes Ivan Cantu on February 28, 2024

Ivan Cantu, Texas

Updated: Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Ivan Cantu

On Wednesday, February 28, 2024, Ivan Cantu was executed in Texas.  He was pronounced dead at 6:47 pm local time inside the Walls Unit execution chamber at the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Texas.  Ivan was 50 years of age.  He was executed for murdering 27-year-old James Mosqueda and 21-year-old Amy Kitchens on November 4, 2000, in Dallas, Texas.  For the last 21 years, Ivan resided on death row in Texas.

Ivan Abner Cantu graduated from high school and did not have any prior convictions. Ivan had previously worked as a laborer. In 1998 or 1999, Ivan was hired by his cousin, James Mosqueda to work in James’ mortgage banking business in Dallas, Texas. James eventually fired Ivan in mid-2000.

Ivan Cantu moved into an apartment with his girlfriend and her brother on October 15, 2000. The apartment was located about one mile from where James lived. In late October, Cantu informed one of his roommates that he was going to kill his cousin James. Cantu alleged that James was a part-time drug dealer of cocaine and marijuana. Cantu also planned to steal James’ money.

On November 4, 2000, Cantu left his apartment around 11:30 pm in his vehicle. Shortly before leaving, Cantu told his girlfriend he was going to kill James. Cantu returned to the apartment about two hours later covered in blood. His face was also swollen.

James lived with his fiancé, Amy Kitchen. On November 4, 2000, at the request of Amy’s mother, the Dallas Fire Department forcibly entered James and Amy’s home. James and Amy were found deceased in the bedroom, with no sign of struggle. They had been killed by multiple gunshot wounds.

Police quickly narrowed in on Cantu as a suspect. A search of his apartment a few days later revealed that he had a key to James’ home. He also had in his possession keys to Amy’s vehicle. Further, police found clothes in the garbage that had blood on them. DNA testing revealed that the blood matched James and Amy. Eventually, police also located the murder weapon at Cantu’s ex-girlfriend’s apartment.

Cantu was arrested, charged, and convicted of the robbery and murder of James and Amy. 

Please pray for peace for the families of James Mosqueda and Amy Kitchen. Pray for strength for the family of Ivan Cantu. 

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