- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 15, 2003

HUNTSVILLE, Texas, Jan. 15 (UPI) — A Texas killer was executed Wednesday for shooting a 5-year-old girl to death in a 1997 spree ignited by the beating of his mother.

John Baltazar, 30, was pronounced dead at 6:16 p.m. after receiving a lethal injection for the murder of Adriana Marines at her Corpus Christi home.

Baltazar offered no final statement before his death.

Baltazar was out to avenge the beating of his mother by her boyfriend, according to court records. The boyfriend was known to stay at his sister's house and Baltazar went there, kicked down the door, and shot up the couch where he usually slept.

Adriana Marines was sleeping on the couch and she was hit twice in the head. Her 10-year-old sister, Vanessa, and the sister's husband, Jose Arturo Marines, 19, were each shot twice but they survived. The boyfriend was not in the house.

Batazar was arrested based on a description given by Vanessa and other witnesses. Police also matched a footprint from the home to a pair of Baltazar's shoes.

Batazar was the second convicted killer executed this year in Texas and the 291st put to death since the state restored the death penalty in 1982.

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