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Convicted Killer Executed in Texas

June 29, 2000

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) _ A high school dropout with a history of mayhem was executed Thursday for a 1991 shooting spree that left four people dead in a Taco Bell restaurant.

Jessy Carlos San Miguel, 28, received the fifth lethal injection in Texas this month and the 24th this year.

He attracted little of the attention showered on Gary Graham, who was executed a week earlier after proclaiming his innocence and intensifying scrutiny of Gov. George W. Bush’s support of the death penalty.

``It’s going to be all right,″ San Miguel told friends and relatives watching his execution. ``Y’all take care of each other. I’ll be watching over you.″

On Jan. 26, 1991, San Miguel and a companion were pulled over by Dallas-area police who suspected them of drunken driving. The officers found a Taco Bell bag filled with $1,390, ski masks and a 9 mm pistol.

The slaughter was found nearby. The carnage was so overwhelming that the police officer who discovered the four bodies in the walk-in freezer fainted.

The victims were Michael Phelan, 28, the restaurant’s assistant manager; employees Theresa Fraga, 16, and her cousin, Frank Fraga, 23; and a friend of Theresa’s, Son Truong Nguyen, 35.

San Miguel’s accomplice pleaded guilty and is serving a 50-year prison term.

San Miguel was well known to police even before the Taco Bell killings. He had been arrested nine times and was accused of a shooting at age 16.

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