In this edition of our monthly alert, you’ll find commentary on the 39th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision Gregg v. Georgia, which paved the way for the resumption of executions, and the court’s recent ruling in Glossip v. Gross; plus new interactive resources on the death penalty, including our updated county map.
TCADP is pleased to announce a new part-time staff position: a North Texas Outreach Coordinator. Specifically, we seek a motivated and experienced individual to develop and implement a campaign aimed at reducing use of the death penalty in Dallas and Tarrant Counties. The North Texas Outreach Coordinator will identify and engage community leaders – including clergy, law enforcement, and […]
Last night, the State of Texas carried out its ninth execution of the year, putting Gregory Russeau to death for the robbery and murder of 75-year-old mechanic James Syvertson at his Tyler auto-repair shop in 2001. Texas accounts for more than half of the executions nationwide to date in 2015. Earlier in the day, a Nueces County jury rejected the death penalty for Daniel Garcia.
13th death row exoneration in Texas: Alfred Dewayne Brown released after Harris County District Attorney dismisses charges
Yesterday, Alfred Dewayne Brown became the 13th person in Texas and the 154th nationwide to be released from death row due to evidence of his wrongful conviction. The Harris County District Attorney’s Office dismissed the capital murder charges against him after determining there was not enough evidence to re-try him for two murders that took place at a cash-checking business in Houston in 2003.
Last night, June 3, 2015, the State of Texas carried out its eighth execution of the year, putting Lester Bower Jr. to death more than 31 years after his conviction. Bower was sentenced to death for the murder of four men – Jerry Brown, Bob Tate, Philip Good and Ronald Mayes – at an ultra-light airplane hangar […]
In this edition of our monthly alert, you’ll find coverage of Nebraska’s historic vote to repeal the death penalty, as well as links to recent articles and opinion pieces noting the demise of the death penalty, even in Texas.
This afternoon, Nebraska became the 19th U.S. state to abandon the death penalty. Legislators successful overrode Governor Pete Rickett’s veto of LB 268, a bill that replaces the death penalty with life without the possibility of parole. According to the Death Penalty Information Center, Nebraska is the first predominantly Republican state to abolish the death penalty in more […]
Last night, the State of Texas carried out its seventh execution of the year, putting Derrick Charles to death for the murders of his 15-year-old girlfriend, Myiesha Bennett, her mother Brenda Bennett, and her grandfather, Obie Lee Bennett in 2002 in Harris County. Charles was 19 years old at the time. According to his attorneys […]