Jerry Hartfield was released from a Texas prison on June 12, 2017, after serving more than three decades without a valid conviction. He had been convicted and sentenced to death for the 1976 slaying of 55-year-old Eunice Lowe in Bay City. He allegedly confessed to the crime, “confessed, that is, the way a black man with […]
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) has stayed the execution of Kosoul Chanthakoummane and ordered the trial court to review claims of discredited forensic science. This marks the third case granted a stay by the CCA this year. Chanthakoummane was scheduled to be executed on July 19, 2017. Earlier this year, State District Judge Ben Smith […]
In this edition: Scheduled executions and case updates: No executions will take place in Texas this month; Two individuals removed from death row In case you missed it: Willingham prosecutor cleared of misconduct; Texas’ Third Court of Appeals ruled lethal injection providers should be known; Ralph Daniel Wright, Jr. becomes nation’s 159th exoneree; smaller counties make […]
Two men have been removed from death row in Texas in recent weeks based on evidence of their intellectual disabilities. The commutations stem from the U.S. Supreme Court decision, Moore v. Texas, which requires the state to use current medical standards in assessing intellectual disabilities.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) has granted a stay of execution for Tilon Carter. Originally scheduled to be executed on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, Carter has spent 11 years on death row for the 2004 robbery and murder of 89-year-old James Eldon Tomlin in Fort Worth. The CCA granted the stay based on Carter’s new […]