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 […]
The State of Texas carried out its fifth execution of the year on April 9, 2015. Kent Sprouse, 42, was put to death for the 2002 murders of a 28-year-old Texas cop and a 38-year-old gas station customer. Sprouse is one of only two executions from Ellis county. Read more about Sprouse from the Huffington Post. […]
TCADP April 2015 Alert: State of Texas prepares to carry out four executions, despite growing opposition to the death penalty
In this edition of our monthly newsletter, you’ll find information about four executions scheduled to take place in Texas in April, as well as recent positions taken by two pharmaceutical associations that discourage their members from participating in the execution process. You’ll also find updates on our legislative advocacy efforts.
One week ago the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals halted the execution of Randall Mays, scheduled to take place on March 18th. The court agreed with Mays’ lawyers that additional review is needed to determine if Mays is mentally competent for execution. Texas’ highest court will now give the case a deeper look before issuing […]
After nine hours of deliberation, a Tarrant County jury determined that mitigating factors warranted a sentence other than the death penalty for Gabriel Armandariz, who was convicted of killing his sons Luke, 6 months, and Gatlin, 2, in April 2011 in Graham, Texas. The trial was moved from Young County to Tarrant County. Armandariz was sentenced to Life […]
The State of Texas carried out its fourth execution of the year tonight, putting Manuel Vasquez to death for the 1998 murder of 51-year-old Juanita Ybarra in San Antonio. It was the 41st execution involving an individual convicted in Bexar County since 1982 and the 2nd this year. Read more about Vasquez from the Texas Tribune. News broke […]
Today at a press conference at the State Capitol, TCADP and Texas Impact gathered with faith leaders from across the state to release an Interfaith Statement of Opposition to the Death Penalty and Texas Rabbis’ and Cantors’ Statement of Opposition to the Death Penalty. More than 550 religious and spiritual leaders statewide have endorsed the Interfaith Statement; among them, the signatories represent 25 different faith traditions.