Thirty years ago today, December 7, 1982, the State of Texas officially resumed executions, putting Charlie Brooks to death for the 1976 murder of David Gregory. That was also the nation’s first execution by lethal injection, a new method concocted by a legislator and former chief medical examiner in Oklahoma. Reverend Carroll Pickett, who served […]
Today the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the recommendation of Judge Jon Wisser that Cathy Lynn Henderson should receive a new trial based on evolving scientific understanding of infant head trauma. Henderson was convicted and sentenced to death in Travis County for the 1994 murder of three-month-old Brandon Baugh. While she was baby-sitting him, Brandon suffered […]
On Tuesday, December 4, 2012, four prominent Dallas-area religious leaders will gather for the first time to participate in a public conversation about the death penalty. The event, entitled “A Faithful Conversation on the Death Penalty with Dallas Faith Leaders”, will take place from 7:00 to 9:00 PM in the Grand Lounge at Paul Quinn College. It is free and open to the public.
On November 15, 2012, the State of Texas executed Preston Hughes III for the 1988 murders of Shandra Charles, age 15, and Marcell Taylor, age 3, in Houston. It was the 2nd execution carried out by the state this week and the 15th this year. No further executions are scheduled to take place in Texas in […]
Last night, on November 14, 2012, the State of Texas executed Ramon Hernandez for the 2001 rape and murder of Rosa Rosado in San Antonio. Another co-defendant in the case, co-defendant, Santos Minjarez, also was sentenced to death but died on death row earlier this year. Read more about the case in the San Antonio Express-News. This was the […]