HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) _ A Canadian man convicted of killing an elderly woman during a burglary more than 20 years ago faced execution by injection tonight, despite pleas by Canadian and U.S. authorities.
Joseph Stanley Faulder, 61, would be the first Canadian executed in the United States since 1952. He was convicted of fatally stabbing 75-year-old Inez Phillips in her east Texas home in 1975.
``Twenty-four years later, the victim’s family still waits for justice,″ Attorney General John Cornyn said. ``Ten different courts and more than 38 judges have reviewed a total of 17 appeals, each time rejecting his appeal and affirming the capital murder conviction.″
Defense lawyers say Texas authorities ignored international law when Faulder was charged with the slaying. The Canadian government filed court papers in support of the claim and enlisted the backing of Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
Faulder, a former auto mechanic from Jasper, Alberta, appeared resigned to his fate.
``Come Thursday, one way or another you’re going to set me free,″ Faulder told authorities this week. He has refused requests for interviews.
Elsewhere on Wednesday, Missouri and Arizona each executed a convicted killer. The Arizona execution of Michael Poland had been challenged because psychiatrists said he was delusional, but a judge ruled he met the legal standard for mental competence.
Also Wednesday, the Virginia Supreme Court delayed an execution because of questions about parental notification. The court ruled last week that both parents must be notified when a juvenile is charged with a crime.
The court granted the stay to Douglas Thomas five hours before he was to be put to death for killing his teen-age girlfriend’s parents when he was 17. The court agreed to hear the case in September.