A callous thug who laughed as he shot a beloved grandmother in the head as she begged for her life has been executed.
Gang member Mark Anthony Soliz, 37, mercilessly put a bullet in the back of Nancy Weatherly’s head during a burglary at her home in Godley, Texas – just hours after he killed a delivery driver.
The convicted killer was executed by lethal injection at Huntsville prison following the barbaric murder of his 61-year-old gran on June 29, 2010.
Delivering his final words, Soliz said: "Man, I want to apologize. I don't know if me passing will bring y'all comfort for the pain and suffering I caused y'all. I am at peace."
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He is the 15th prisoner to be put to death in the US this year.
Soliz’s legal team made several efforts to stop the execution.
Lawyers acting on behalf of the gangster attempted to convince prosecutors that Soliz suffered from an alcohol disorder that left him brain damage.
His attorneys argued that the condition was on a par with intellectual disability, a condition that the US Supreme Court says exempts suffered from the death penalty.
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"I have represented Mr. Soliz for many years. Every legal tool in my kit was deployed to prevent this execution. The hope endures, the fight goes on, and the cause never dies,"Seth Kretzer, one of Soliz's appellate attorneys, said in a statement.
Jurors at his 2012 trial, as well as previous appeals court rulings, rejected Soliz's claims that his actions were due to the impacts of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
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At his trial, prosecutors said Soliz and another man, Jose Ramos, committed at least 13 crimes in the Fort Worth area over eight days in June 2010.
After fatally shooting a deliveryman around 6 a.m. on June 29, 2010, the duo later that morning drove in a stolen car to Weatherly's home.
Prosecutors say Soliz and Ramos forced their way into the home at gunpoint and ransacked the place, taking a television, cellphones and credit cards.
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