Mexican Government Wants Texas Execution Stopped

Texas – The Mexican government has joined the legal fight to spare a Mexican national from execution in Texas next week.

Monterrey, Mexico, native Humberto Leal faces lethal injection July 7 in Huntsville for the 1994 rape-slaying of a 16-year-old San Antonio girl.

A petition from the Mexican government accompanies an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court from Leal's attorneys Tuesday.

They contend the lethal injection should be blocked because Leal wasn't told he could contact the Mexican consulate for legal help after his arrest in the death of Adria Sauceda. An attorney for the Mexican government says the execution would call into question the United States' ability and willingness to comply with its treaty commitments.

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