Texas death row inmate from Dominican Republic loses appeal

November 1, 2017

HOUSTON (AP) — The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has refused an appeal from a man from the Dominican Republic on Texas death row for the fatal stabbing of a 6-year-old Houston boy.

The state’s highest criminal court ruled Wednesday in the case of 50-year-old Obel Cruz-Garcia.

Cruz-Garcia was convicted in 2013 of the 1992 slaying of Angelo Garcia, who was abducted from a Houston apartment. A woman at the apartment also was raped.

Cruz-Garcia was in prison in Puerto Rico for kidnapping when DNA testing in 2007 linked him to the rape and led to the capital murder charges. Evidence showed Cruz-Garcia was one of two masked men who broke into the apartment Sept. 30, 1992, and that he fled the country two days later.

He does not have an execution date.