LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Michael Rosales, 35, has been on death row since 1998 when a Lubbock jury found him guilty of capital murder for the brutal stabbing of Mary Felder, 67. Authorities say Rosales stabbed Felder 137 times. Wednesday, he is set to die by lethal injection in Huntsville, Texas.
"I don't understand why somebody would do this to her," a neighbor told NewsChannel 11 back in June of 1997. The murder of Mary Felder left neighbors in her Lubbock apartment complex shocked. They knew her as "Miss Mary", a kind hearted woman who gave local children candy and other treats.
In June of 1997, Felder's grandson found her beaten and stabbed to death. "Said I'm sorry; it shouldn't happen," Rosales told NewsChannel 11 back in June of 1997.
Investigators determined Rosales, 23-years-old at the time, killed Felder. "We talked with several witnesses, and one of the witnesses that came forth developed as a suspect, and a statement was taken from that particular individual, and you saw him here arraigned tonight for the murder of Mrs. Felder," Lubbock Policeman Claude Jones told NewsChannel 11 back in June of 1997.
Rosales had been staying with friends at an apartment next door. He told police he was high on cocaine and broke into Felder's home looking for money. He says Felder found him and threatened to call the police. That's when Rosales says he pulled Felder into her kitchen and grabbed a knife from the table, then dragged her into a bedroom and began stabbing her.
In a written statement read at his trial, Rosales told police "I told her that I was sorry and asked her to die, but she just kept breathing." Felder sustained more than 130 wounds and injuries from a steak knife, a two-pronged kitchen fork, and a pair of needle-nose pliers. Rosales later led police to a dumpster where he tossed the weapons after the attack.
Five years ago, on April 13th, Rosales headed to the death chamber. Just hours before his scheduled execution, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay in the case. Defense attorneys argued Rosales may be mentally handicapped, but prosecutors say the courts previously rejected that claim.
Now, Rosales is scheduled to go to the death chamber again, Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m. This time, only a call from the governor can save him.
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