Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Samuel Bustamante Executed

Justice has been served in Texas.

HUNTSVILLE — Samuel Bustamante, sentenced to die for stabbing a man to death during a 1998 robbery in Rosenberg, silently went to his death in the state's execution chamber Tuesday.

The lethal drugs were administered at 6:14 p.m. He was declared dead eight minutes later.

Bustamante made no final statement. Four women, identified as Bustamante's friends, witnessed the execution. No victim's witnesses were present.

Bustamante killed Rafael Alvarado early on the morning of Jan. 18, 1998, after Bustamante and three companions spotted him walking near a Rosenberg tavern.

Bustamante's group had cruised the neighborhoods surrounding the city's bars in search of potential robbery victims.

After Alvarado, 27, accepted a ride with the men, Bustamante stabbed him 10 times. CHRON

If only Florida was able to execute murdering thugs like Texas does.


  1. Executing heinous murderers is always a good thing. Herein lies the rub, however: this murder happened in 1998. It is now 2010, and although I am not much of a numbers guy, that would be 12 years if my cypherin' is accurate. That's a long time between the act and the penalty. As they say, justice delayed is justice denied, or words to that effect. I sympathize with the Alvarado family that had to endure the reality that this Bustamante animal was getting three squares a day, a roof over his head, and cable TV during those 12 years, while their loved one, Rafael Alvarado was rotting in the ground the entire time.

  2. I agree Fredd.

    I still believe that executions should be done. The process should be sooner.In a country where there are so many litigators that litigate things to death is the reason for delay in completion of the sentence imposed.

    It is a symptom of the problem.


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