State of Texas executes Terry Edwards

The State of Texas executed Terry Edwards around 10:00 PM last night, despite significant concerns about his culpability in the crime, allegations of prosecutorial misconduct, and racial bias in the jury selection process.  The U.S. Supreme Court delayed the execution by nearly four hours as it considered several final appeals.  Ultimately, the Justices rejected those appeals without comment.

Edwards was put to death for the 2002 murders of Tommy Walker and Mickell Goodwin in Dallas County.His cousin, Kirk, received 25 years.

Read more about the case and the execution delay from the Texas Tribune: https://www.texastribune.org/2017/01/26/execution-delayed-man-convicted-double-murder/

This was the second execution to take place in Texas this year and the third nationwide. Dallas County accounts for 56 executions, the second highest number in the state behind Harris County.

There are seven executions scheduled in Texas through July; this includes another individual who was convicted in Dallas County.