January 14, 2014
Edgar Arias Tamayo’s execution is scheduled for 6 pm CST, on December 17, 2013, 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 has spent the past 19 years on Texas’ death row.
Edgar was born in Miacatlán, Morelos, Mexico, and has remained a Mexican national. Prior to his arrest he worked as a laborer. Edgar reportedly served three years in prison in California for robbery before being released on parole.
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 Tamayo to jail. 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.
The setting of Tamayo’s execution date has not been without controversy, as he is a Mexican national and not a United States’ citizen. Prior to being given an execution date, the court received letters from US Secretary of State John Kerry and the Mexican ambassador to the United States, requesting that an execution date not be set as it would “be detrimental to United States/Mexico relations.”
Assistant District Attorney Roe Wilson has stated that Tamayo has been granted every right that a United States citizen would have and it is time for the case to proceed. However, Tamayo’s lawyers are arguing that Tamayo’s rights under the Vienna Convention were violated. Allegedly, Tamayo was not able to contact the Mexican consulate following his arrest, a right accorded after a run-in with the law in a foreign country.
Please pray for peace for the family of Guy Gaddis. Please pray for strength for the family of Edgar Tamayo. Please pray that Edgar may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already found one.