Skip to comments.Policeman's widow awaits justice with Rivas' execution [Texas seven ringleader set to die]
Posted on 02/29/2012 12:46:48 AM PST by Zakeet
On Wednesday night, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice will execute George Rivas, 41, for murdering Irving police Officer Aubrey Hawkins on December 24, 2000.
"I'm glad justice is being served and he's going to the death chamber," Lori Hawkins-Acosta, the officer's widow, told News 8. "I just want to see justice served."
Rivas was the ringleader of the so-called Texas 7.
Eleven years ago, he led a daring escape from the TDCJ's Connally Unit near San Antonio. The seven inmates fled first to Houston and later to North Texas, where they robbed an Oshman's sporting goods store in Irving on Christmas Eve.
When Officer Hawkins responded to the call of a possible robbery in progress, Rivas opened fire on the young policeman before he could even draw his weapon.
"Rivas was a pure psychopath," said Toby Shook, the former Dallas County prosecutor who put George Rivas on Death Row.
Shook said the escapees shot Hawkins 13 times and Rivas then ran over his body.
"He testified at his punishment stage that the real punishment would be a life sentence, so please give him the death penalty. Then he spent the next 11 years appealing that," Shook said. "He's a person who gets a thrill out of committing crimes and terrifying people."
Rivas was serving 17 life sentences for other violent crimes when he escaped from prison, the Texas attorney general said.
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This cop killing b*stard is a perfect poster boy for capital punishment. After being given 17 life sentences for other crimes, once the death is carried out, this SOB will never kill anybody again. Finally.
This will make 3 of the 7 dead, since all the rest are on death row that number will soon climb.
Wow, can’t believe it’s been 11 years. Good for TX.
Anyone know what this is about:
From the above link:
Donald Newbury, was set to die earlier this month but U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia stopped his punishment at least temporarily.
Is he gone?
He’s dead Jim
Thank you Bones!
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