22 January 1992 – Joe Angel Cordova
While Wyoming was executing its first victim since the ’60s, across state lines down south, the Texans were banging them out.
Joe Angel Cordova became the 43rd death row inmate to be executed in Texas, over the course of a 10-year period.
Cordova was put to death, aged 39, by lethal injection in Huntsville, Texas. He’d been done for robbing and killing a man in 1982.
He was found guilty of bundling 32-year-old Masel Williams out of a phone booth and taking him to a remote wooded area. There Cordova cold bloodedly blasted him with a shotgun, as Williams pleaded for his life.
Texas duly slapped a death sentence on the trigger happy Cordova, in keeping with its reputation for doling out the most death penalties in America.