Honduran executed for 2001 slaying of Texan

HUNTSVILLE — Heliberto Chi, the native Honduran who shot an Arlington store manager in the back during an after-hours robbery in 2001, was executed Thursday after the Supreme Court rejected a last-ditch appeal based on the terms of an international treaty.

Chi, 29, was pronounced dead at 6:25 p.m. as two sons of his victim, Armand Paliotta, silently watched from a tiny room adjacent to the death chamber in Huntsville’s Walls Prison.

"God forgive them and receive my spirit," Chi said, who had a tear in his eye as he lay on the gurney.

In a separate witness room, Chi’s cousin wept uncontrollably and banged a fist against the glass that divided the room from the death chamber.

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