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.

30 November 2015

New report chronicles plight of veterans on death row

In conjunction with Veterans Day earlier this month, the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) released a new report that chronicles the plight of some 300 veterans on death row nationwide, including many who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). According to report author Richard Dieter, “Defense attorneys representing veterans accused of capital crimes often fail […]

19 November 2015

State of Texas executes Raphael Holiday

Last night, November 18, the State of Texas carried out its last execution of the year, putting Raphael Holiday to death for the arson murders of three young children in 2000 in Madison County: Tierra Lynch, 7, Jasmine DuPaul, 5, and 18-month-old Justice Holiday, his daughter. Earlier in the day, Madison County State District Judge Hal Ridley […]

18 November 2015

Judge halts today’s scheduled execution of Raphael Holiday

A state district judge has withdrawn the execution date for Raphael Holiday, who was scheduled to be put to death this evening.  It was the last execution scheduled by the State of Texas this year. According to the Dallas Morning News, “Madison County state district Judge Hal Ridley granted a motion from Holiday’s original trial lawyers that […]

03 November 2015

TCADP November 2015 Alert: Texas schedules last execution of the year

In this edition of our monthly e-newsletter, you’ll find information about three recent death penalty trials in Texas, the National Association of Evangelicals’ new position on the death penalty, and featured events in El Paso, Huntsville, and North Texas.

27 October 2015

Death Row Exonoree Anthony Graves to Visit Austin

MEDIA ADVISORY October 27, 2015 CONTACT: Vanessa Akins, Communications Coordinator 512-441-1808 (office); 979-481-2709 (cell) Death Row Exonoree Anthony Graves to Visit Austin Special event taking place at critical time in state’s experience with the death penalty Austin, Texas – Anthony Graves, who survived the ultimate nightmare – 18 years in prison as an innocent […]

16 October 2015

State of Texas executes Licho Escamilla

On October 14, 2015, the State of Texas carried out its 12th execution of the year, putting Licho Escamilla to death for the 2001 murder of police officer Christopher Kevin James.  Officer James was working off-duty security at a Dallas nightclub when a fight broke out in the parking lot.  According to the Dallas Morning News, the U.S. Court […]

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 […]