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Texas Death Row Inmate Rodrigo Hernandez

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On February 19, 1994, in Bexar County, Texas, Hernandez abducted Susan Verstegen, 38, from a grocery store parking lot. Hernandez restrained Verstegen by placing his hands around her neck and then sexually assaulted her. When Hernandez realized she was not breathing, he transported her body to a park and left her in a garbage can.

Update: Rodrigo Hernandez was executed on January 26, 2012 at 6:19 p.m. in Huntsville, Texas.

In the days prior to his execution he continued to insist he was innocent, however in a startling confession minutes before being executed he confessed to killing Verstegen and Muriel Stoepker, 77, of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Stoepker was homeless and living on the streets when Hernandez raped and shot her to death. DNA had linked Hernandez to the crime, but he was never put on trial because he was already on death row for murdering Stoepker.

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