Execution Date Arrives for Convicted Killer Out of Corpus Christi

Jose Villegas, a 38-year old convicted killer, was scheduled to be put to death Wednesday evening in Huntsville for a brutal triple murder back in 2001 here in Corpus Christi.

Villegas fatally stabbed his common-law wife, her mother and her three-year old son. His execution was set for 6 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Sisters of Incarnate Word held a candlelight vigil at Incarnate Word Academy to protest the taking of another life. Kiii News Reporter Michael Gibson went Live from that location with the details.

Last week, Villegas asked 319th District Court Judge David Stith to withdraw or modify the execution. The judge refused that request. Then, Villegas' attorneys tried the Court of Criminal Appeals, and that didn't work.

As a last ditch effort Tuesday night, the defense attorneys filed an appeals through the U.S. Supreme Court and the Governor of Texas. If no word comes, Villegas is set to be given a lethal injection sometime after 6 p.m.

District Attorney Mark Skurka is in Huntsville for the execution. He prosecuted the Villegas case and spoke with 3News before the newscast by phone about his trip up to Huntsville's death row.

"It's a forbidding place," Skurka said. "I couldn't imagine staying there, much less being executed."

Skurka said the warden there will give him a rundown of the execution process. The warden will also tell family members who show up what to expect.


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