North Texas Man Faces Execution For 2010 Murder

L.P. Phillips
September 10, 2019 - 1:28 pm
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - A North Texas man is facing execution tonight in Huntsville for two murders that happened June 29, 2010. 

Mark Anthony Soliz, 37, first shot deliveryman Reben Martinez at a Fort Worth convenience store.  Then he drove to Godley in Johnson County and murdered Nancy Weatherly, 61, during a burglary. 

There are no appeals pending, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.  

While the District Attorney and law enforcement officials were willing to spend over $1 million to try the death penalty case, Soliz's trial attorney says they wasted valuable money.

"We're about to kill a guy who has fetal alcohol syndrome." said Greg Westfall.  "What could we as a community learn from this?  We're fixing to learn zero."

Westfall says there is an overriding "human need for vengence" that is driving the execution.  Westfall says Soliz's mother was an alcoholic who huffed paint and smoked cocaine while she was pregnant.  He says Westfall never had a chance.

The execution is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. tonight.