A Texas man who murdered 5 members of the family, together with his 7-year-old and 9-month-old daughters, apologized to his in-laws and thanked his father and Jesus for turning round his life earlier than he was executed Thursday night.
Abel Revill Ochoa, 47, was denied his final enchantment an hour earlier than his execution by deadly injection 18 years after he shot his spouse, Cecilia, two daughters, Crystal and Anahi, his father-in-law, Bartolo, and his sisters-in-law Alma and Jackie with a handgun. Alma was the one one who survived. He shot his eldest daughter, Crystal, 4 occasions, the Houston Chronicle reported.
“I would like to thank God, my dad, my Lord Jesus savior for saving me and changing my life,” he mentioned, whereas strapped to the gurney in Huntsville, based on the Chronicle. “I want to apologize to my in-laws for causing all this emotional pain. I love y’all and consider y’all my sister I never had. I want to thank you for forgiving me.”
Ochoa grabbed the 9mm handgun from his bed room after smoking crack he had purchased with cash borrowed from his spouse that morning on the way in which residence from church in August 2002.
He was arrested minutes after he shot his members of the family methodically and drove away in his spouse’s automobile. He gave police an in depth written confession, saying he dedicated the murders as a result of he couldn’t deal with the stress anymore and was uninterested in his life. He in the end blamed his drug dependancy.
Throughout his trial, Ochoa’s protection mentioned he dedicated the murders in a drugged haze, however prosecutors claimed his motivation was anger.
“He said he remembers it like a dream,” Ochoa’s brother Gilbert informed the Plainview Each day Herald the day after the capturing. “He was doing that drug outside and then he went into the living room.”
A jury discovered Ochoa responsible of the murders in simply 10 minutes in 2003.
In his later appeals, he targeted on the concept his authorized illustration had been missing and claimed the jail was reluctant to let him file a clemency plea.
His legal professionals argued they have been merely financially “disadvantaged of any means to effectuate his illustration.”
The U.S. Supreme Court docket turned down his case final yr.
Ochoa was the second inmate executed in Texas to date this yr, the Chronicle reported.