Again I am late.
The state of Texas executed Rodrigo Hernandez on Thursday, January 26. The state convicted him of sexually assaulting and strangling Susan Verstegen in 1994, leaving her body in a San Antonio trash can.
DNA evidence tied Hernandez to the brutal crime. Evidence also linked him to a 1991 murder in Michigan. One report says he confessed to both murders before his execution.
I grieve for Susan Verstegen – for her mother and son – for all who grieve for her.
I wonder at a judicial system that failed to identify Hernandez as a killer and remove him from circulation in an efficient manner. But life imprisonment would serve that purpose. His execution by the state leaves me wondering why we believe that killing people demonstrates that killing is wrong.
See you along the Trail.
- Killer confessed minutes before execution (mysanantonio.com)