The Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP) is a statewide, grassroots membership organization working to end the death penalty in Texas. TCADP engages in outreach, education, and advocacy aimed at raising awareness of issues related to the death penalty and mobilizing the citizens of Texas - and their elected officials - to support abolition. We invite all concerned citizens to join our growing movement.

17 April 2014 ~ Comments Off

State of Texas Carries Out Third Execution in Three Weeks

Last night, April 16, 2014, the State of Texas carried out its third execution in three weeks, putting Jose Luis Villegas, Jr. to death for the murders of three people – his ex-girlfriend, 24-year-old Erida Perez Salazar, her 3-year-old son, Jacob Salazar, and her 51-year-old mother, Alma Perez – in 2001 in Corpus Christi. He reportedly then stole [...]

10 April 2014 ~ Comments Off

State of Texas Executes Ramiro Hernandez Llanas

On April 9, 2014, the State of Texas executed Ramiro Hernandez Llanas for the 1997 murder of his employer, Kerr County ranch owner Glen Lich, and sexual assault of Lich’s wife in 1997.  It was the sixth execution to take place in Texas this year and the second involving a Mexican national. The Government of Mexico [...]

09 April 2014 ~ Comments Off

Sixth Texas Execution of the Year Scheduled to Take Place Tonight

The execution of Ramiro Hernandez Llanas is likely to take place as scheduled tonight, April 9, 2014.  On Monday, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles denied his petition for clemency, while the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Texas Department of Criminal Justice does not have to reveal the source of [...]

04 April 2014 ~ Comments Off

State of Texas Executes Tommy Lynn Sells After High Court Refuses to Intervene

The State of Texas carried out the execution of Tommy Lynn Sells this evening, after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his last appeal.  Sells  was convicted of killing thirteen-year-old Kaylene Harris in an attack on her and a friend at a home near Del Rio in Val Verde County in 1999.  Eleven-year-old Krystal Surles survived and testified [...]

02 April 2014 ~ Comments Off

Federal Judge Stays Executions, Orders Release of Drug Supply Source to Attorneys; Case Now Heads to U.S. Supreme Court

Update 4/3/14: Yesterday, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court ruling that the Texas Department of Criminal Justice must disclose the source of its new drug supply to attorneys for two inmates facing imminent execution.  The case now heads to the U.S. Supreme Court on appeal.  Read more from the Houston [...]

02 April 2014 ~ Comments Off

TCADP April Alert: Executions Continue in Texas with New Drug Supply, More Secrecy

The State of Texas is scheduled to carry out three executions this month, using a newly obtained supply of pentobarbital. Late last week, a state judge ordered the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) to disclose the source of the new drug supply, rejecting arguments that such information should be kept secret because of “security concerns.” On Friday, however, the Texas Supreme Court blocked the judge’s order and stopped the release of information to attorneys for two inmates scheduled for execution in April. Further litigation and appeals are pending. This Alert also includes information on upcoming regional events. Check it out!

31 March 2014 ~ Comments Off

State of Texas Executes Anthony Doyle; Judge Orders TDCJ to Disclose Source of New Drug Supply

On March 27, 2014, the State of Texas carried out its fourth execution of the year, putting Anthony Doyle to death for the murder of 37-year-old Hyun Mi Cho in January 2003.   The victim was delivering food to Doyle’s family home in Rowlett (Dallas County) when he demanded money from her and then hit her [...]

26 March 2014 ~ Comments Off

“Last 40 Miles” at Dallas International Film Festival

I was thrilled to hear that “The Last 40 Miles”, an innovative and compelling animated short film, will be shown next month during the Dallas International Film Festival. I hope you will have a chance to attend one of two screenings: Monday, April 7, 7:00 PM at the Angelika Film Center (5321 E Mockingbird Ln #230, [...]

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