The last man executed by Bexar County, 93 years ago to the date of the creation of this Find A Grave memorial. Hung by the neck, dropping through the trap door on the 3rd Floor of the Camaron St Jail, under the supervision of Sheriff James Stevens, and Chief Deputy Alfonso Newton, with a rope purchased by previous Sheriff John Tobin (then Mayor of San Antonio) for that very purpose.
The day of the funeral saw the largest number of mourners in the history of Bexar County. Attended by out-of-Staters, and foreign nationals, as the prosecution and execution of Clemente, who had been in and out of Mental Institutions, and was locally known to be "crazy," whipped up a political fire storm, and brought civil rights activists to town, from all over. It was San Antonio's version of the Scopes Trial.
All are equal in death. Ironically, he was buried in the midst of the Founders and Builders of San Antonio, to include Mayors, elected Public Officials of the City and County, Catholic Bishops and Nuns, and even Chief Newton's own mother, Ignacia Cortez Newton, is a short stroll away.
Historical note: All executions from Bexar County after this date were transported to the Texas State Prison in Huntsville, Texas to be electrocuted in their electric chair, as per the new State Law at that time.
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