Texas executes “Vampire” Killer
The convicted killer said he drank the boy's blood after beating the seventh-grader with a pipe and slitting his throat
HUNSTVILLE, TX — A South Texas man has been executed for the 1998 slaying of a 12-year-old boy whose blood the convicted killer said he drank after beating the seventh-grader with a pipe and slitting his throat. Pablo Lucio Vasquez told police he was drunk and high when voices convinced him to kill David Cardenas in Donna, a Texas border town about 225 miles south of San Antonio. He also told detectives in a videotaped statement that he drank some of the boy’s blood. The 38-year-old Vasquez’s lethal injection Wednesday evening was the 11th nationally this year and sixth in Texas. The punishment was carried out after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-day appeal contending there were jury selection improprieties at his trial.