Update: January 22, 2014
Edgar Arias Tamayo was executed after 9 pm CST, on January 22, 2014 at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Forty-six-year-old Edgar is convicted of murdering 24-year-old Houston police officer Guy Gaddis on January 3, 1994. Edgar spent the last 19 years of his life on Texas’ death row.
Edgar was born in Miacatlán, Morelos, Mexico, and has remained a Mexican national, causing much controversy over his execution (read about the controversy here). Prior to his arrest, Edgar worked as a laborer. Edgar served three years in prison in California for robbery before being released on parole and moving to Texas.
On January 3, 1994, Houston police officer Guy Gaddis was flagged down by a man who had just been robbed outside of a nightclub. Officer Gaddis quickly located the robber, Edgar Tamayo, and arrested him. Gaddis handcuffed Tamayo and placed him in the back of his vehicle to transport him to jail.
Unbeknownst to Gaddis, Tamayo had a hidden pistol. Tamayo managed to free the pistol and shoot Gaddis in the back of the head while Gaddis was driving. The car ran off the road and into a house. Tamayo, still handcuffed, kicked out the window and fled. He was arrested several blocks away. Tamayo alleges that he shot Gaddis because Gaddis would not let him leave his keys with his wife before being transported to jail.
In November of 1994, Tamayo was convicted and sentenced to be executed.
Please pray that the family of Guy Gaddis can find peace. Please pray for strength for the family of Edgar Tamayo.