A member of the notorious 'Texas Seven' who escaped from prison nearly two decades ago and went on to commit a string of crimes and the murder of a police officer is scheduled for execution on Tuesday night.
In recent weeks, attorneys for Joseph Garcia have argued that the 47-year-old should be spared from lethal injection at a state penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas, by raising last-minute questions about his conviction.
Garcia and six other inmates brazenly escaped from a South Texas prison in December 2000 and proceeded to commit numerous robberies, including the one in which they shot 29-year-old Dallas-area police Officer Aubrey Hawkins 11 times, killing him.
Hawkins had just finished Christmas Eve dinner with his family when he responded to the call about the robbery at a sporting goods store and was ambushed.
Garcia's attorneys claim that he wasn't the one who killed Hawkins during the robbery 18 years ago, casting the blame on the other escaped inmates he was with.