The State of Texas carried out its sixth execution of the year on April 15, 2015. Manuel Garza Jr., 34, was put to death for the 2001 murder of 37-year-old San Antonio SWAT Officer John “Rocky” Riojas.
Garza is among the 42 individuals convicted in Bexar County who have been executed. This puts the county, which includes San Antonio, only behind Harris and Dallas Counties when it comes to executions in Texas. No one has been sentenced to death by a Bexar County jury since 2009.
We appreciate everyone who participated in vigils last night.