US executes Mexican man despite diplomatic pressure

Campaigners seen outside the Texas prison where Edgar Tamayo was held. Credit: Reuters

Convicted killer Edgar Tamayo, a Mexican national condemned for the 1994 murder of a Houston police officer, has been put to death by lethal injection in Texas despite diplomatic pressure from Mexico, which denounced his execution as a violation of international law.

Tamayo, 46, who was denied an 11th-hour stay of execution by the U.S. Supreme Court, was pronounced dead at 9:32 p.m. local time at a state prison in Huntsville, Texas, according to officials at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.