one of the "Texas Seven," a group of inmates who escaped from a high security prison in Texas in 2000 and killed a police officer. He was convicted of taking part in the murder.Another example of why life incarceration does not render offenders harmless, and why capital punishment is needed in some cases.
Prior to his escape, he had faced life in prison for having ordered the killing of his wife.
I mentioned this case before, when Rodriguez decided to give up contesting his execution. As I stated then, if he had been executed for plotting his wife's murder, Officer Aubrey Hawkins (pictured at left) would not have been shot eleven times, leaving behind a wife and son.
Cases like this show why, no matter what the agitation level from abolitionists, the death penalty will always be a necessary option.