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.
Yesterday, attorneys for Rodney Reed filed a new appeal in Bastrop County based on new witness testimony and forensic evidence that supports their client’s innocence. Reed is scheduled to be put to death by the State of Texas on March 5 for the 1996 murder of Stacy Stites. Reed claims that he and Stites were romantically involved. His […]
Last night the State of Texas carried out its third execution of the year, putting Donald Newbury to death for the 2000 murder of Irving Police Officer Aubrey Hawkins. Newbury was serving a 99-year sentence for aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon when he and six other inmates broke out of the Connally Unit near Kenedy, Texas […]
TCADP’s February 2015 Alert: Execution updates; advocacy opportunities; and the 2015 Annual Conference
In this month’s e-newsletter from TCADP, you’ll find information about two executions scheduled to take place in February as well as new resources and opportunities for faith leaders. You’ll also find links to a recent report on exonerations in 2014 and a thought-provoking article on the role IQ scores play in determining whether an individual with intellectual disabilities should be exempt from execution.
Tonight, the State of Texas carried out its second execution of the year, putting Robert Ladd to death for the 1996 murder of Vicki Ann Garner in Tyler (Smith County). Late this afternoon the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal that evidence of Ladd’s intellectual disabilities should bar his execution, in accordance with the Court’s own ruling in […]
Earlier today, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued a reprieve to Garcia White. White was scheduled to be put to death on January 28th for the 1989 stabbing deaths of Bonita Edwards and her 16-year-old twin daughters, Annette and Bernette, in their Houston home. He was convicted by a Harris County jury in 1996. The […]
The State of Texas carried out its first execution of 2015 on Wednesday, January 21, putting Arnold Prieto to death for the 1993 robbery and murders of Rudolfo and Virginia Rodriguez and Paula Moran, a family friend, at the home of the San Antonio couple. Mr. and Mrs. Rodriguez were relatives of Prieto’s two companions that […]