Texas man executed for murder

2012-01-27 09:00

Huntsville - A convicted killer has been executed in Texas for the abduction, rape and strangulation of a 38-year-old woman 18 years ago.

Thirty-eight-year-old Rodrigo Hernandez received the lethal injection for killing Susan Verstegen more than two hours after the US Supreme Court rejected an appeal.

Verstegen was attacked behind a supermarket where she was working. Her body was found dumped in a garbage barrel behind a San Antonio church.

The 1994 slaying went unsolved for eight years until Hernandez, as a requirement for parole from a Michigan prison, submitted a DNA sample that went into a national database and linked him to her death.

DNA also tied Hernandez to a 1991 slaying in Michigan.

Verstege's son, Charles Monney, says he supports the death penalty, but it won't bring his mother back.

  • capedutch - 2012-01-27 10:07

    Please bring the death penalty back to South Africa, it will solve all our problems!

      Mark - 2012-01-27 10:19

      Has it solved all the problems in Texas?

      Cuba - 2012-01-27 11:15

      While it certainly won't solve all our problems, it will definitely lesson the burden on the tax payers as currently a portion of our taxes are going to keep peadophiles, rapists and murders alive rather than going to where it's needed.

      Lyndatjie - 2012-01-27 12:21

      Mark - wanna compare the murder and mayhem in Texas with what is happening in South Africa right now? It might not solve ALL of our problems - but it sure as hell will save SOME people from being murdered, tortured, raped and left for dead! We have no deterrents what so ever to stop the criminals from doing this - and I happen to think that the death penalty is a damn good deterrent because at the very least it will make sure that even ONE guilty person can not possible commit another crime!

  • sandi.scholtz - 2012-01-27 10:28

    That is the only way to handle these types - what is awesome is that they still fight and solve the case so many years later...Justice has been served - SOUTH AFRICA ARE YOU PAYING ATTENTION - death penalty works - we have it in Botswana and we have very little crime....Pay attention and follow suite.

      Garth - 2012-01-27 11:12

      You have so little crime, you say, in that country, because the people are too bone idle lazy to commit serious crime. And anyway, the government gives them most of what they need as hand-outs to retain Khama in power. Don't boast about a country where reprimanding someone for not doing their work, gets you paying an admission of guilt fine for assault, after spending the night in jail! And there is masses of petty crime - it goes unreported because the victims don't want to have to defend themselves from charges of racism. Useless people, useless country.

  • Garth - 2012-01-27 11:16

    The problem that I have with the death penalty is the appeals system. If the criminal is guilty and DNA proves its guilt, then why waste all that time, money and prison space waiting for the appeals process to be completed? Take it outside and shoot it in the back of the head, then charge its family for the bullet and for the burial/cremation.

  • colleen.figg - 2012-01-27 12:09

    We need the death penalty back here in SA. What is your stance on this matter?

  • ReunionofIntelligentMinds - 2012-01-27 12:22

    She was murdered aged 38 years and the killer was executed aged 38 years. Even if there was to be an referendum regarding the death penalty and it showed % wise positive, still the government would not institute the death penalty. They would be shaking in their boots. By the way something totally different - have I missed the results of the censor completed last year or will it be made public during 2020?

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