The State of Texas executed the wrong man. This type of problem is the reason why many people have issues with the death penalty. In 1989, Carlos DeLuna was executed in place of Carlos Hernandez who was the suspected murderer of Wanda Lopez in 1983.
It is disgusting to know that Carlos Hernandez was the wrong man and Texas executed him anyway. In fact, Hernandez tried to protect Lopez the night she was murdered.
In a report titled Los Tocayos Carlos: Anatomy of a Wrongful Execution, the authors wrote there were "numerous missteps, missed clues and missed opportunities that let authorities prosecute Carlos DeLuna for the crime of murder, despite evidence not only that he did not commit the crime but that another individual, Carlos Hernandez, did."
Unfortunately, there are too many cases where the wrong people are sentenced to death, and that is not okay. It is completely unacceptable to put the wrong man to death. Too many things can go wrong in a case, and too often departments are looking to close cases and make mistakes. In this instance, Carlos Hernandez admitted to killing Wanda Lopez until the day he died in prison of liver cirrhosis.
What a horrible situation. It is unbelievable that Texas executed an innocent man, and this is not the only time the state and other states have done so. This is one of the huge things wrong with the death penalty even if you happen to support it. Nobody can sit by and allow innocent people to be put to death.