Juan Garcia, Texas


Update: Tuesday, October 6, 2015 7:45 pm EDT

Juan Martin Garcia has been executed by the state of Texas. Read the full story here.

Update: Tuesday, October 6, 2015 1:07 pm EDT

Juan Martin Garcia's execution is scheduled to occur at 6 pm CDT, on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Thirty-five-year-old Juan is convicted of the murder of 32-year-old Hugo Solano on September 17, 1998, during a robbery in Houston, Texas. Juan has spent the last 15 years of his life on Texas’ death row.

Juan performed poorly in school, dropping out following the 8th grade. He was considered a slow learner and enrolled in special education classes when he attended school. Prior to his arrest, he worked as a laborer in construction and landscaping, although Juan lacked steady employment. Juan also frequently used drugs and alcohol.


Juan Garcia and three of his friends - Eleazar Mendoza, Gabriel Morales, and Raymond McBen - began a crime spree in August of 1998, which continued into the month of September. On September 17, 1998, the group was walking around Houston, Texas, when they approached Hugo Solano, who was walking to his vehicle. At gunpoint, Garcia demanded that Hugo hand over his money. Hugo rufused. Garcia shot Hugo four times in the head and neck, killing him, and then took the $8.00 in cash that Hugo had on him.


Following his arrest, Garcia confessed to the crime. Garcia now alleges that he did not intend to kill Hugo, but that Hugo grabbed for the gun, which accidentally discharged during the struggle. Garcia also now alleges that he never robbed Hugo. Without the robbery charge, Garcia would not have been eligible for the death penalty. There have been numerous attempts to have Garcia’s death sentence overturned, alleging that Garcia does not have the required mental competency to be executed. Garcia’s three friends, with him on the night of the murder, each received various prison terms.


The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has voted 5-2 against recommending clemency to Governor Greg Abbott for Juan Garcia. The vote occurred on Monday, October 5, 2015. In an interview with Juan by the Houston Chronicle, Juan stated that he is "at peace. I'm Catholic."


Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Hugo Solano. Please pray for strength for the family of Juan. Please pray that if Juan is innocent or lacks the competency to be executed, that evidence will be provided prior to his execution. Please pray that Juan may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already found one.



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