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Execution date set for Joseph Garcia of "Texas 7"

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A death row inmate who was part of the notorious "Texas 7" gang of escaped prisoners has received an execution date for late this summer. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice says they've received documents setting 45-year-old Joseph Garcia for lethal injection August 30th.

On Christmas Eve 2000, Garcia and six co-defendants fatally shot a 31-year-old police officer while on escape from the Connally Unit.

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HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A death row inmate who was part of the notorious "Texas 7" gang of escaped prisoners has received an execution date for late this summer.
    
Texas Department of Criminal Justice officials say they've received documents setting 45-year-old Joseph Garcia for lethal injection Aug. 30.
    
Garcia was serving 50 years for a Bexar County murder when he and six others broke out of a South Texas prison in December 2000 and then committed numerous robberies, including the Christmas Eve holdup of a sporting goods store in the Dallas suburb of Irving where a police officer, 29-year-old Aubrey Hawkins, was killed.
    
The fugitives were captured in Colorado after a six-week national manhunt. One killed himself there.
    
Garcia is one of three of the gang on death row. Three others have been executed.
    
 

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