Chi, 29, was pronounced dead at 6:25 p.m. while the two sons of his victim witnessed the lethal injection in a tiny room adjacent to the death chamber in Huntsville’s Walls Prison Unit.
Some background on this murderer:
Chi had visited the suburban Dallas store in 2001, then returned after closing and was let in by Paliotta after saying he'd left his wallet behind. Once inside, he pulled out a gun and demanded a money bag.
Paliotta was shot and killed. Another employee was wounded trying to run away and a third hid among clothing racks and called 911 for help. On a recording of the call played at his trial, Chi can be heard calling the hiding employee, in Spanish, to "Come to the front" of the store.
With police on the way, he fled a few minutes later, jumped into a waiting car and sped off.
He was arrested in Reseda, Calif., northwest of Los Angeles, about six weeks later. His 18-year-old pregnant girlfriend had turned him for assaulting her and told authorities he was wanted for murder in Texas. The couple had been on the run, crisscrossing the country.
Terry O'Rourke, a lawyer on Chi's legal team who teaches international law at Houston's University of St. Thomas, said Chi's guilt wasn't the issue.
"Chi is a murderer, Medellin is a murderer," O'Rourke said. "But we don't kill all murderers. We don't execute all murderers. We do it according to the law.
"When your state violates international law to kill somebody, it has very negative consequences."
Terry O'Rourke is so worried about international law and the silly thing is, that international law does not apply in the United States of America unless some murderer loving lawyer keeps appealing.
The story continues:
Chi would say little about the crime in an interview with The Associated Press shortly before his then-scheduled execution last year.
"My situation is not about being innocent or guilty," he said. "My rights were violated."
"If it's the Lord's will" and he was executed, Chi said he had "great peace in my mind and soul."