One week ago the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals halted the execution of Randall Mays, scheduled to take place on March 18th. The court agreed with Mays’ lawyers that additional review is needed to determine if Mays is mentally competent for execution. Texas’ highest court will now give the case a deeper look before issuing […]
After nine hours of deliberation, a Tarrant County jury determined that mitigating factors warranted a sentence other than the death penalty for Gabriel Armandariz, who was convicted of killing his sons Luke, 6 months, and Gatlin, 2, in April 2011 in Graham, Texas. The trial was moved from Young County to Tarrant County. Armandariz was sentenced to Life […]
The State of Texas carried out its fourth execution of the year tonight, putting Manuel Vasquez to death for the 1998 murder of 51-year-old Juanita Ybarra in San Antonio. It was the 41st execution involving an individual convicted in Bexar County since 1982 and the 2nd this year. Read more about Vasquez from the Texas Tribune. News broke […]
Today at a press conference at the State Capitol, TCADP and Texas Impact gathered with faith leaders from across the state to release an Interfaith Statement of Opposition to the Death Penalty and Texas Rabbis’ and Cantors’ Statement of Opposition to the Death Penalty. More than 550 religious and spiritual leaders statewide have endorsed the Interfaith Statement; among them, the signatories represent 25 different faith traditions.
In this month’s e-newsletter from TCADP, you’ll find information about two executions scheduled to take place in March as well as updates on other death penalty cases. You’ll also find details regarding several upcoming events, including Amplify Austin (March 5-6) and our Faith Leader Advocacy Day and Press Conference on the Death Penalty (March 9). Read more!
Today the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals halted the execution of Rodney Reed, which was scheduled to take place on March 5th. The court issued the stay to consider new evidence that may establish Reed’s innocence in the 1996 murder of Stacey Stites. Here’s a statement from Reed’s lawyer, Bryce Benjet, a staff attorney with the Innocence […]
More than 120 advocates and supporters from across Texas will gather this Saturday, February 21, 2015 at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Austin for the 17th annual conference of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. This event, Death Penalty Fault Lines: A Seismic Shift in Ground, will feature workshops, a keynote address, and a panel discussion about the current cracks in the death penalty system in Texas.