HUNTSVILLE, TX (KCBD) - Michael Rosales, 35, has received the lethal injection that ended his life. Rosales was pronounced dead at 6:17 p.m. Wednesday night.
A Lubbock jury found Rosales guilty of capital murder for the 1997 killing of 67-year-old Mary Felder inside her North Overton home. NewsChannel 11 spoke with the investigators who helped solve this case.
Lubbock Police Detective Ray Martinez says he'll never forget this investigation. "I saw what he did to her, and then he told me what he did to her, and that really stands out as one of the most violent, brutal deaths that I've worked - and I've worked many in my time," Martinez said.
Martinez tells us that Rosales was the first person to approach him at the crime scene back in June of 1997. He says Rosales appeared to be a concerned bystander. The following day, Martinez was questioning Rosales when he learned Rosales was the suspect. "He actually told me that if he could make one request that he would tell me the true story about what happened. His one request was that he get the death penalty as soon as possible for what he had done," Martinez said.
Martinez tells us that Rosales never came across as being mentally impaired in any fashion, which is what led to his stay of execution back in 2004. Rosales was the 13th prisoner executed this year in Texas.
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