LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The man convicted of brutally stabbing an elderly Lubbock woman to death died by lethal injection Wednesday evening. Authorities pronounced 35-year-old Michael Rosales dead at 6:17 p.m.
Rosales final words were, "I love you all. May the Lord be with you. Peace. I'm done." Rosales killed Mary Felder, 67, in the summer of 1997. None of her friends or relatives watched the execution.
NewsChannel 11 spoke with detectives who helped solved this case, and we learned new details never heard about the investigation until now. Lubbock Police Detective Ray Martinez tells us that Rosales asked for the death penalty before he admitted to killing Felder. "She was an elderly lady, minding her own business, in her own home, and for somebody to come in and do that to her," Martinez said.
As a homicide detective for Lubbock Police, Martinez has seen a lot, but says the death of Felder is one of the worst. "That really stands out as one of the most violent, brutal deaths that I've worked," Martinez said.
Martinez says Rosales was one of the first people who approached him at the crime scene back in 1997. "He kept following me throughout the investigation at the complex that day," Martinez said. Still, investigators say Rosales seemed to be more of a concerned by-stander than anything else. They brought him in for questioning the following day, and that's when Martinez discovered Rosales was a suspect.
Authorities discovered his blood soaked clothes in the apartment next door to Felder's. "I was actually interviewing him when I obtained the phone call and got the information that I was actually talking to the suspect," Martinez said. He says Rosales eventually told him what happened, but not before he made a request. "His one request was that he get the death penalty as soon as possible for what he had done," Martinez said.
"I present the facts, and if the court decides that it's the death penalty that's required, then I'm in agreement with that," Martinez said. He says Rosales seemed to know what he was doing, despite arguments that he was mentally challenged, which led to his stay of execution back in 2004.
Rosales is the 13th Texas inmate to be put to death this year.
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Michael Rosales was convicted for the fatal stabbing and beating of a 67-year-old Lubbock woman.