Cannady was the first inmate at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s William G. McConnell Unit in Bee County to be sentenced to death for a murder committed in the unit.
It had been more than 16 years since Cannady slipped a combination padlock onto a belt and used the weapon to beat 55-year-old Leovigildo Bombale Bonal to death in the cell they shared at the time.
In 1997, four years after the murder, he was convicted by a Bee County jury.
According to witnesses, Cannady smiled and nodded to a brother, a niece and three friends and told them he loved them just before he was executed.
“I’m going to be okay,” he reportedly told the witnesses. “Ya’ll take care of yourself. May God have mercy on my soul.”
Bee County District Attorney Martha Warner said she was told that Cannady lifted his head as the execution began, grinned and said, “I thought it was going to be harder than this.”
Witnesses said Cannady told those watching the execution, “I’m going to sleep now. I can feel it. It’s affecting me.”
Then the man convicted of three murders started to snore. He was pronounced dead eight minutes later, at 6:19 p.m.
Cannady was serving two life sentences at the time of the murder at the McConnell Unit.
In June 1990, he and four other teenagers from La Feria murdered two runaway teens. The victims were 16-year-old Ricardo Garcia and 13-year-old Ana Robles.
Cannady was convicted of stabbing Garcia 13 times and raping and taking part in the strangling of Robles.
Two of Garcia’s brothers reportedly were present at the execution Wednesday.
One report indicated that Cannady ordered seven beef and cheese enchiladas, pico de gallo, two cheeseburgers, French fries and a couple of pieces of fried chicken for his last meal.
Cannady was the tenth person to be executed in Texas this year.
One more former McConnell inmate remains on Texas’ Death Row. He is 30-year-old Robert Lynn Pruett, who was convicted in 2002 of murdering correctional officer Daniel Nagle.
Pruett, of Harris County, was one of the youngest inmates in the TDCJ system and serving a life sentence for a murder in that county when he murdered Nagle.