A Texas death row inmate, who was sentenced to death for killing his girlfriend and mutilating her body by cutting out her eyes and eating one of them, is seeking clemency.
Andres Arroyo, 38, was convicted and sentenced to death in 2010 for the murder of his girlfriend, 20-year-old Andrea Garcia, in San Antonio, Texas. Garcia was found dead in her apartment in 2009, with her eyes mutilated and one of them missing.
Arroyo’s attorneys are now asking the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to grant clemency to their client, arguing that he is mentally ill and was not receiving adequate psychiatric care at the time of the murder. They claim that Arroyo had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and that his mental illness contributed to his crime.
According to his attorneys, Arroyo had a history of mental illness and had been hospitalized several times before the murder. They argue that his illness had not been properly treated and that he was in a psychotic state at the time of the crime.
Arroyo’s attorneys also point out that he has shown remorse for his actions and has been a model prisoner while on death row. They argue that his execution would not serve the interests of justice and would only perpetuate the cycle of violence and revenge.
However, the prosecution argues that Arroyo’s mental illness did not excuse his actions and that he is a danger to society. They say that he planned the murder and mutilation of Garcia and that he should be held accountable for his actions.
The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles will consider Arroyo’s clemency request and make a recommendation to Governor Greg Abbott, who has the final say in whether to grant clemency or proceed with the execution. If Arroyo’s clemency request is denied, he is scheduled to be executed on March 30, 2023.
The case has drawn attention to the issue of mental illness and the death penalty. Many advocates argue that people with mental illness should not be executed, as they may not have fully understood the consequences of their actions and may not be capable of being rehabilitated. However, opponents of clemency argue that Arroyo’s crime was too heinous to warrant mercy and that he should face the ultimate punishment for his actions.