Edgardo Cubas, Texas

 

Update: April 29, 2014

Edgardo Rafael Cubas’ execution is scheduled for 6 pm CST, on May 29, 2014, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Thirty-five-year-old Edgardo is sentenced to be executed for the rape and murder of 15-year-old Esmeralda Alvarado on January 19, 2002, in Houston, Texas. Edgardo has also been linked to three other rapes. Edgardo has spent the past 10 years on Texas’ death row.

Edgardo was originally scheduled to be executed on January 16, 2014. His execution was then delayed at the request of the Honduran Embassy, from whom Edgardo has been receiving help since his arrest. The Honduran Embassy has requested that Edgardo’s mental capacity be examined prior to the execution. To comply with their request, Edgardo's execution date was pushed back. His May execution was later removed from the Texas' online execution list and indefinitely delayed to determine mental competency.

Edgardo was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. In Honduras, Edgardo attended school up until the 7th grade, when he dropped out. While in Honduras, Edgardo lived in a one room house with no running water. In 1999, Edgardo came to the United States of America to live with his father, who came two years earlier. Prior to his arrest, Edgardo was working for a company that installed insulation material. Edgardo had his own apartment, paid his own bills, owned a car, could read and speak Spanish, and had limited understanding of English.

On January 19, 2002, high school sophomore Esmeralda Alvarado left her boyfriend’s home to make a phone call from a pay phone at a nearby convenience store. Edgardo Cubas and Walter Sorto saw Esmeralda on the phone and forced her into their vehicle. They drove her to a secluded location where they took turns raping her. Esmeralda was then shot in the head, causing her death.

 

On August 21, 2002, Cubas was arrested and taken in for questioning regarding the death of Esmeralda. During police interviews, Cubas made conflicting statements about who shot Esmeralda. In one interview he said Sorto shot Esmeralda and in another he confessed to being the shooter, even demonstrating how he did it. Cubas alleges that Sorto insisted he kill Esmeralda.

 

At his sentencing hearing, it was revealed that Cubas was also linked to the rape and murder of four others, including two waitresses, 24-year-old Roxana Aracelie Capulin and 38-year-old Maria Moreno Rangel. Sorto was also involved and has been convicted in the death of Roxana and Maria. Sorto insists that in all three cases, Cubas was the one to shoot the women, while he attempted to convince Cubas to spare their lives.

 

Since Cubas’ arrested, he has also been linked by DNA evidence to the disappearance of the then 13-year-old Laura Ayala, who has been missing since March 2002. While Cubas is a person of interest in her disappearance, evidence is not strong enough to bring charges.

 

Please pray for peace for the families of Esmeralda, Roxana, Maria, Laura, and any other families that were affected by Edgardo Cubas’ crimes. Please pray for strength for the family of Edgardo. Please pray that Edgardo may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already found one.

 

 

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