TX Murderer to be Executed: A Texas death row inmate is set to be executed Tuesday for the 1998 robbery and fatal shooting of a man for $8. The AP reports that a clemency request was denied last week and no late appeals have been filed on behalf of 35-year-old Juan Martin Garcia, who robbed and fatally shot 36-year-old Hugh Solano in Houston 17 years ago when he was 18-years old. Although Garcia admits to shooting Solano four times in the head and neck as Solano was getting into his car to go to work, he asserts that he should not face capital punishment because the jurors in his trial unfairly penalized him for refusing to take the witness stand in his own defense. Following his arrest one week after Solano's death, evidence and testimony tied Garcia to at least eight aggravated robberies and two attempted capital murders in the weeks before and after the crime. Garcia will be the 11th inmate executed in Texas this year.
A Brutal September in Chicago: September has come to an end in Chicago, marked by more homicides than any other month and the second-most shootings. Kyle Bentle and Abe Epton of the Chicago Tribune report that according to the Tribune's data, last month was the city's deadliest September since 2002, with over 50 people shot in two consecutive weekends. Four charts compiled by Tribune reporters from data about shooting victims show shootings by month and year, age and sex of shooting victims and homicides by month. Most of the shootings and homicides are clustered in the city's south and west sides.
Previously Deported Criminal Alien Arrested at Border: A previously deported criminal alien from El Salvador, convicted and deported for the kidnap and rape of a 12-year-old girl at gunpoint, was arrested trying to cross the porous U.S.-Mexico border into Texas. Ildefonso Ortiz of Breitbart reports that 34-year-old Rene Vladimir Escobar Bautista was arrested near the border city of Hidalgo over the weekend as he attempted to re-enter the U.S. Escobar was deported in 2003 for kidnapping a 12-year-old girl at gunpoint from her Long Island, New York home and taking her to North Carolina in 2001. He pleaded guilty and spent 16 months in prison before being deported to his native El Salvador. Several criminal alien sexual predators who have been previously deported have been arrested near the Texas border in recent weeks.
Oregon Shooter Leaves Behind Manifesto: In a manifesto left behind by the man who gunned down nine people at a community college in Oregon last week before committing suicide, he ranted about not having a girlfriend and being surrounded by "crazy" people, referring to himself as "the sane one." The AP reports that the couple-pages long manifesto was penned by 26-year-old Christopher Harper-Mercer, who opened fire at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore. last Thursday, killing nine and injuring nine others before killing himself after a shootout with police. Harper-Mercer's mother has told investigators that her son was struggling with mental health issues, though the claim cannot be disclosed publicly due to the ongoing investigation. Classes will resume at the college next week.