Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Rivas was leader of the fugitive gang known as the "Texas Seven," which escaped on December 13, 2000, from the John Connally prison unit, near the south Texas town of Kenedy, where they had been serving lengthy sentences. Eleven days later, on Christmas Eve, they killed 29-year-old Dallas-area police officer Aubrey Hawkins (shown below) while robbing a sporting goods store in Irving, Texas. Rivas and his companions fled the scene of the killing and were found hiding in Colorado in January 2001.
None of Hawkins' family attended the execution but four of the officer's colleagues and the district attorney who prosecuted the case were present on their behalf. A number of Rivas' friends and his Canadian wife, who he married recently while imprisoned, also attended.
"I am grateful for everything in my life," Rivas said. "To my wife, I will be waiting for you."
Rivas, a native of El Paso, is the second member of the "Texas Seven" to be executed. One of the others, Larry James Harper, committed suicide before he was captured by authorities and the other four -- Joseph C. Garcia, Randy Ethan Halprin, Patrick Henry Murphy Jr., and Donald Keith Newbury -- are currently on death row and awaiting execution.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Following his conviction, the Texas State Bar Association also took action against Clark and, on February 23, suspended him and ordered that he contact all of his current clients to inform them of his conviction and return any payments for services not yet rendered. As a result, he will likely never again be allowed to practice law in Texas.
Read more about Clark in "Mark of Shame," one of the chapters in the "Sex" section of Texas Confidential: Sex, Scandal, Murder, and Mayhem in the Lone Star State! Also, in the "small world" category, Clark was the defense attorney for convicted murderess Janice Vickers, who brutally killed an 83-year-old woman in November 2006.