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.