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.

12 October 2015

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals grants stay of execution to Julius Murphy

Late today the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted a stay of execution to Julius Murphy, pending further order from the court.  Murphy was scheduled to be executed on November 3 for the 1997 robbery and shooting of Jason Erie. On September 24, 2015 attorneys filed pleadings identifying the existence of new evidence of prosecutorial misconduct calling into […]

12 October 2015

TCADP hires new North Texas Outreach Coordinator!

TCADP is delighted to announce we have hired Jason Redick to serve as our North Texas Outreach Coordinator, a new part-time position based in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.  Jason became involved in efforts to end the death penalty in November 2013 while serving as the Minister of Youth and Young Adults at Holy Covenant United Methodist Church in […]

06 October 2015

State of Texas executes Juan Garcia; 125th execution out of Harris County

Earlier this evening, October 6, 2015, the State of Texas carried out its 11th execution of the year, putting Juan Garcia to death for the 1998 robbery and murder of Hugo Solano in Harris County.  Joined by three accomplices, Garcia was 18 years old at the time of the crime.  Mr. Solano’s widow testified during the penalty phase […]

02 October 2015

TCADP October 2015 Alert: Attend an event near you!

In this edition of our monthly e-newsletter, you’ll find case updates for Scott Panetti and Julius Murphy and a more information about the Pope’s call for “global abolition.” This edition also marks the opening of online registration for the 2016 TCADP Annual Conference. In this edition: Scheduled executions: Dallas County schedules first execution of the […]

25 September 2015

Pope Francis calls for “global abolition” during address to Congress

As a part of his historic tour of the United States, Pope Francis addressed Congress on Thursday, September 24. Anti-death penalty activists across the country hoped he would use his time in front of Congress to discuss ending the death penalty. Citing the Golden Rule, Pope Francis expressed his belief and support in abolition: “This […]

21 September 2015

Fifth Circuit to Hold Oral Argument Re: Scott Panetti’s Incompetency for Execution

This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit will consider the case of Scott Panetti, who faced execution last year by the State of Texas despite his long, documented history of severe mental illness. Panetti holds a fixed delusional belief that the State seeks to execute him to prevent him from preaching the gospel.

01 September 2015

TCADP September 2015 Alert: Seeking award nominations!

In this edition of our monthly e-newsletter, you’ll find case updates and a new investigation into the wrongful execution of Ruben Cantu in 1993. This edition also includes a call for nominations for our annual Appreciation, Courage, and Media Awards.

25 August 2015

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals halts execution of Nicaraguan national Bernardo Tercero

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has granted a stay of execution to Bernardo Aban Tercero, a national of Nicaragua who was scheduled to be executed tomorrow, August 26, 2015. The stay was based on a new appeal in which a prosecution witness in his 2000 trial admits she testified falsely.