Tonight, the State of Texas is scheduled to execute Pablo Vasquez . He was convicted of killing 12-year-old David Cardenas in 1998 in Donna, Texas (Hidalgo County). Vasquez was 20 years old at the time of the crime. His attorney claims he suffers from severe mental illness. An appeal on other grounds is pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.
If it proceeds, this will the sixth execution in Texas this year. To date, there have been 10 executions total nationwide. At this time, there are at least six additional executions scheduled to take place in Texas through August 2016.