Licho Escamilla was executed by the state of Texas tonight for the brutal murder of a Dallas police officer in 2001. The killing occurred outside a Dallas night club when the policeman, who was off duty and working as a member of the club’s security team, tried to break up a fight.
At the time of that murder, Escamilla was already wanted for another fatal shooting that occurred three weeks earlier. Escamilla bragged about killing the policeman after his arrest, then threw a wild fit at his trial when the judge announced the guilty verdict. Escamilla hurled a pitcher of water at the jury box, flipped over a table, and began kicking and punching bystanders until he was finally subdued by a group of deputies.
Because Texas no longer allows special last meal requests, Escamilla was served the same food as others in his unit. For his last meal, Licho Escamilla had pepper steak, steamed rice, brown gravy, carrots, corn, pinto beans, sliced bread, and brownies, with a choice of water, tea, or punch to drink.
That meal sounds pretty tasty, but considering Escamilla’s heinous crime, a big serving of pepper spray might have been more appropriate than pepper steak.