Stay of execution granted and upheld for John Ramirez

On Tuesday, January 31, a federal district court in Corpus Christi granted a stay of execution to John Ramirez. Ramirez was scheduled to be executed on February 2, 2017 for the 2004 murder of Pablo Castro.U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos granted the stay based on Ramirez’s claims of ineffective counsel by his previous court-appointed […]

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State District Judge resets execution date of Kosoul Chanthakoummane

Kosoul Chanthakoummane’s execution date has been reset for July 19, 2017. Chanthakoummane was originally scheduled to be executed on January 25, 2017.  State District Judge Ben Smith reset the date to allow time for the courts to review pending appeals. Kosoul Chanthakoummane was sentenced to death for the 2006 murder of real estate agent Sarah […]

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State of Texas executes Christopher Wilkins

Yesterday, January 11, the State of Texas carried out its first execution of 2017. Christopher Chubasco Wilkins was executed for the 2005 murders of Mike Silva and Willie Freeman in Fort Worth. Wilkins gave no final statement. He was 48 years old. In October 2015,  Wilkins’ execution date was withdrawn at the request of Tarrant County prosecutors, who sought […]

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TCADP January 2017 Alert: The death penalty’s demise

In this edition: Scheduled executions: Three executions scheduled for January in Texas TCADP 2017 Annual Conference: Check out some of our workshop sessions. In case you missed it: Coverage of the death penalty’s demise in Texas and nationwide; judge recommends new trial in 1993 Houston death penalty case Featured events: Join TCADP members and staff […]

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