Saturday, January 13, 2007

January 10, 2007

...We hear from Texas...

Last Meal: Granados had a final request of a fried chicken, pizza and soda.

The skinny: Granados, 36, a New York man, was executed for the fatal stabbing of his girlfriend's 3-year-old son.

More skinny: The women's relatives called police after she failed to drop off her son at her grandmother's house and report for work. Officers who went to her apartment found it locked from the inside and summoned firefighters to break the door open.

Inside, authorities found Granados, his wrists slashed, holding a bloody knife and urging them to "Shoot me, just shoot me." The child was dead and his mother near death. He had stabbed the woman 27 times, but she survived to testify against him.

Testimony showed the stabbings were the result of an escalating argument after Granados refused his girlfriend's order to leave. The pair had dated before she married and had the child. When her marriage ended, they began seeing each other again and he moved from New York to Texas to be with her.

At his trial, prosecutors showed Granados, who had no previous prison record, had a history of violence, including assaulting a former girlfriend, biting and bruising a 3-year-old boy and assaulting a relative with a beer bottle.

Last Words and such: In a brief final statement, Granados expressed love to his family and others and addressed his former girlfriend and the mother of 3-year-old victim. "Kathy, you know I never meant to hurt you," he said. "I gave you everything and that's what made me so angry. But I never meant to hurt you. I'm sorry."

The woman stood against the death chamber window as Granados spoke, but he never looked at her.

Factoids: Granados was the...

2nd murderer executed in U.S. in 2007
1059th murderer executed in U.S. since 1976
1st murderer executed in Texas in 2007
380th murderer executed in Texas since 1976

Texas put 24 convicted killers to death last year More than a dozen executions are already scheduled for 2007; four are set for this month.