Despite a flurry of last-minute opposition, the state of Texas executed convicted killer Ruben Cardenas tonight for the rape and murder of his 15-year-old cousin in 1997. Cardenas was a Mexican citizen who had been on death row in the USA for 20 years. His lawyers and the Mexican government claimed that Cardenas’ case was fraught with legal improprieties, and that his execution was an illegal act.
Texas no longer allows special last meal requests, meaning executed inmates are given the same food as other prisoners in their unit prior to execution. Ironically, however, the last meal for Cardenas was a South of the Border feast that included beef soft tacos, Spanish rice, refried beans, Mexican corn, salsa, flour tortillas, and spiced beef rolls, with a choice of water, tea, or punch to drink.