Mexican prisoner in death row in Texas dies of cardiac arrest over 20 years after being convicted of killing three teenagers
- Convicted murderer Ignacio Gomez was no longer found in jail on Sunday
- He was pronounced dead about an hour later in a hospital in East Texas
- Gomez had suffered from a mental illness and spent a lot of time in the psychiatric ward
- He was convicted of killing three teenagers while seeking revenge after his mother's house was destroyed
A Mexican man convicted of killing three teenagers in El Paso died of an apparent cardiac arrest after being imprisoned in Texas' death row for more than two decades.
A spokesperson for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice says officials did not find 49-year-old Ignacio Gomez in his cell at Polunsky Unit on Sunday morning at around 5.37 p.m.
He was pronounced dead about an hour later in a hospital in East Texas.
A spokesperson for the Texas Department of Crime says officials 49-year-old Ignacio Gomez (photo) did not respond in his cell around Sunday at 5.37 a.m.
Gomez had suffered from a mental illness and spent much of his time in prison in the psychiatric ward of the prison, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Gomez's lawyer says that he has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and that he is not competent to be put to death. He did not have a planned execution date.
Gomez was convicted in the 1996 shooting of 16-year-old twin brothers and a 19-year-old.
Allegedly he was seeking revenge after his mother's house was destroyed when he shot the teens in November 1996, after a fight broke out in a neighborhood outside El Paso.
Then Gomez and his brothers put the bodies in their truck and drove to the desert to bury them in a shallow grave.
He appealed in vain and claimed that the police had never told him that he was entitled to legal assistance from the Mexican consulate.
The consulate did not comment on the death of Gomez.
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