Jose Villegas was executed by the state of Texas tonight for a triple murder committed in 2001. The victims were his ex-girlfriend, her 3-year old son, and her mother, and each was stabbed multiple times before Villegas stole their car and their TV. At the time of the killings, Villegas was out of jail on bond for a sexual assault charge and was due to go to trial for punching another woman in the face.
Lawyers for Villegas tried for a last-minute appeal from the Supreme Court, claiming their client had an IQ of 59 and was therefore too mentally challenged to qualify for execution. But readers of my book Death Row's Oddest Inmates know that men like Villegas have very little motivation to score well on these prison-administered tests, since a high score would give the state the green light to end your life.
On a side note, Villegas stabbed his 3 victims a total of 86 times. One could argue that if the number of stab wounds you inflict on your victims exceeds your supposed IQ, you're not mentally challenged; you're just a scumbag.
Since Texas no longer allows special last meals, Villegas was served the same food as others in his unit. For his last meal, Villegas had a beef sloppy joe, macaroni and cheese, carrots, sweet peas, black-eyed peas, and sliced bread, with a choice of tea, punch, or water to drink.