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Killer of San Antonio woman executed Wednesday

Killer of San Antonio woman executed Wednesday

A man who crawled through the window of a San Antonio home and fatally stabbed a mother of three as her oldest child tried to defend her was executed Wednesday night.
Luis Salazar never acknowledged the family of Martha Sanchez or her murder. Sanchez's oldest child, Erick, was among the witnesses. Her mother and sisters clutched tissues in their hands as they clasped each other's hands.
"My heart is going ba-bump, ba-bump, ba-bump," Salazar said and then laughed. He asked for forgiveness and recited the Lord's Prayer. He was asking for forgiveness for the "sins that I can remember" when the drugs began taking effect. He was pronounced dead nine minutes after the lethal drugs began to flow.
Salazar, 38, was the second condemned murderer put to death in Texas in as many nights and the 12th this year in the busiest capital punishment state in the U.S.
Salazar testified at his trial that after a night of marijuana, cocaine and drinking he thought he was in his own house just before dawn Oct. 11, 1997, and that Martha Sanchez, 28, and her three children were intruders.
Evidence, however, showed the telephone wires at the home next door to where Salazar previously lived had been cut and Sanchez's injuries indicated Salazar had tried to rape her before she was fatally stabbed. He denied cutting the phone lines or the attempted rape.
The woman's 2-year-old daughter was asleep in the same bed and a 6-month-old son was in a crib nearby. Sanchez's screams woke her older son, 10-year-old Erick, who was asleep in an adjacent room and he went into his mother's room to see what was going on. Then he tried to defend his mother from the knife-wielding intruder he knew as the man who used to live next door and was stabbed in the chest as his mother yelled at him to run outside and get help.
Leaving a trail of blood, the boy pounded on the doors of homes until he found a neighbor to respond. Salazar had attacked his mother and him, he told the neighbor.


Updated : 2021-05-11 13:32 GMT+08:00