Death row inmate who laughed as gran he murdered begged for life is executed

A death row inmate has been executed for murdering a grandmother.

Gang member Mark Soliz, 37, was found guilty of fatally shooting Nancy Weatherly, 61, during a burglary at her home, just hours after killing a beer delivery driver.

The convicted killer's trial heard that he shot the grandmother in the back of the head at close range and laughed after she begged for her life.

Soliz was executed by lethal injection at a Texas prison this morning, according to reports.

He had attempted a last-ditch effort to convince the courts he was intellectually disabled and therefore should be exempt from the death penalty, however this failed.

His legal team argued that the execution would violate his constitutional rights, but state and federal appeals courts and Texas' Board of Pardons and Paroles rejected his claims.

He was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death in March 2012 after jurors were told that Mrs Weatherly was gunned down during an extremely violent week-long crime spree by Soliz and Jose Ramos.

The gun-wielding men knocked on her door and forced their way inside when she opened it, according to prosecutors.

The grandmother, who worked for Lockheed Martin, begged for her life but was shot in the back of the head during the robbery at her home near the small city of Godley in June 2010.

Soliz was interviewed by police and confessed to killing Mrs Weatherly, and his former girlfriend claimed he had laughed about the victim's pleas for mercy, a court heard.

It took a jury just 10 minutes to convict him of capital murder.

Just hours before Mrs Weatherly was murdered, Soliz robbed and fatally shot Ruben Martinez, 29, as he delivered beer to a convenience store in Fort Worth.

Mr Martinez handed over his wallet and mobile phone, but Soliz shot him in the neck because he was disappointed that the wallet only contained $10, according to prosecutors.

Mr Martinez had a six-year-old son and his wife was pregnant at the time.

Ramos pleaded guilty in both cases and was sentenced to life in prison.

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