Kimberly McCarthy Execution Halted, DA Won’t Appeal

A State District Judge has stayed the execution of Kimberly McCarthy, which was scheduled to take place this evening. It would have been the first Texas execution in 2013 and the fourth execution involving a female since 1982. The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office did not appeal the decision but said that the execution had been reset for April 3.

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State of Texas Scheduled to Execute Kimberly McCarthy

The State of Texas is scheduled to execute Kimberly McCarthy on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, despite troubling questions about racial bias in the jury selection process.  Please take action now by calling Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins and urging him to request a stay of execution. Background on the Case Kimberly McCarthy was convicted of […]

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TCADP Report: Use of Death Penalty Geographically Isolated, Arbitrarily Imposed in Texas

According to TCADP’s new report, Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2012: The Year in Review, more than half of all new death sentences were imposed in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex this year, while no new death sentences were imposed in Harris County for the third time in five years.

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Thirty Years Ago Today…

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 […]

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CCA Overturns Conviction of Cathy Lynn Henderson, Orders New Trial

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 […]

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