Update: Wednesday, April 6, 2016  7:47 pm EDT


Pablo Lucio Vasquez has been executed by the state of Texas.  Click here to read more.


Update: Wednesday, April 6, 2016  4:35 pm EDT


The Supreme Court of the United States has rejected a request to stay the execution of Pablo Lucio Vasquez.


Update: Monday, April 4, 2016  11:42 am EDT


Pablo Lucio Vasquez is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CDT, on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.  Thirty-eight-year-old Pablo is convicted of the murder of 12-year-old David Cardenas, on April 17-18, 1998, in Donna, Texas.  Pablo has spent the last 17 years of his life on Texas’ death row.


Pablo dropped out of school after completing the 8th grade.  He had no prior prison record.


On the evening of April 17, 1998, Pablo Vasquez and his 15-year-old cousin Andy Chapa, attended a party at which David Cardenas was also present.  After the party, Chapa and Vasquez took David.  They struck him with a metal pipe, slashed his neck, and drank the boy’s blood.  Vasquez and Chapa then attempted to bury him.


David, who was assumed to be relatives for the weekend, was not reported missing until April 20.  His body was found two days later.  He had been scalped, was missing one of his arms and part of another, and had no skin on his back.  His body had also been mutilated after death.  Additionally, David had been robbed.


Police quickly detained Vasquez and questioned him.  Vazquez admitted to hitting the boy, cutting his throat, and drinking his blood, along with dragging his body through a field and burying him.  Chapa later testified that Vasquez killed the boy because David did not “give him what he wanted.”  During his trial, Vasquez claimed that the “devil” and other voices made him do it.


Vasquez was convicted of David’s murder and sentenced to death.  Chapa was sentenced to 35 years in prison after pleading guilty.  Three others were convicted of helping to cover-up the murder, resulting in 10 years probation, a fine, and restitution to David’s family.


Please pray for peace and healing for the family of David Cardenas.  Please pray for strength for the family of Pablo Vasquez.  Please pray that if Pablo is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason, that evidence will be presented prior to his execution.  Please pray that Pablo may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.