Eye For An Eye: The Executed Death Row Inmates of Lubbock, Texas
In the state of Texas, the death penalty is a subject of heated debate. The Lone Star state claims the top spot for inmates sentenced to die. And Lubbock, Texas can claim several inmates who committed crimes heinous enough for a jury of peers to sentence them to death.
In Texas, the definition of Capital Murder is found in the Texas Penal Code in Chapter 19's 'Offenses Against the Person'. A capital murder charge is one that meets the following criteria when a murder is committed:
- The person murders a peace officer or fireman.
- The person intentionally commits the murder in the course of committing (or attempting to commit) another assaultive offense.
- The person commits the murder as part of a "murder for hire" plot.
- The person commits the murder while incarcerated or while escaping or attempting to escape from a penal institution.
- The person murders more than one person during one criminal act
- The person murders an individual under 10 years of age.
- The person murders another person in retaliation for or because of their capacity in the judicial system (a judge, attorney, etc)
Lubbock's Death Row Inmates
The TDCJ website has a whole section dedicated to facts and information about Texas Death Row. The following facts are as listed by TDCJ
- 20 total inmates from Lubbock County have been sentenced to death
- 13 of those inmates on death row from Lubbock County have been executed
- Currently, the only inmate on death row from Lubbock County is Brian Suniga, who's information can be found here.
- The last death row inmate from Lubbock County to be executed was Rosendio Rodriguez in 2018.
Below are summaries for the 13 executed death row inmates from Lubbock County.