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 […]
Barring intervention by the courts, Derrick Charles is scheduled to be put to death by the State of Texas tomorrow, Tuesday, May 12, 2015. He was convicted of killing 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 […]
In this edition of our monthly newsletter, you’ll find information about the recent legislative hearing on House Bill 1527, which calls for abolition of the death penalty in Texas, as well as insight into a District Attorney’s decision not to seek the death penalty in a high-profile capital murder case in Texas.
Today, Wednesday, April 29, 2015, the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee will hold a public hearing on House Bill (HB) 1527, which calls for the repeal of the death penalty in Texas. The bill is sponsored by State Representative Jessica Farrar (House District 148 – Houston).
Robert Pruett has received a stay of execution to allow for more DNA testing of evidence. He was scheduled to be put to death this evening for the 1999 murder of correctional officer Daniel Nagle at the McConnell Unit in Beeville. He received a stay of execution in 2013 after prosecutors agreed to a request for […]
On April 21, 2015 the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals halted the execution of Richard Vasquez, scheduled to take place April 23rd. In their appeal to the court, Vasquez’s attorneys contended new research on shaken baby syndrome and head injuries debunks testimony from prosecution experts at his 1999 trial. Vasquez was originally scheduled for execution […]
The State of Texas carried out its sixth execution of the year on April 15, 2015. Manuel Garza Jr., 34, was put to death for the 2001 murder of 37-year-old San Antonio SWAT Officer John “Rocky” Riojas. Garza is among the 42 individuals convicted in Bexar County who have been executed. This puts the county, which includes […]