In this edition of our monthly newsletter, you’ll find information about scheduled executions in Texas, as well as a recap of a recent Supreme Court decision rebuking prosecutors for racially discriminatory practices in a capital murder trial. You’ll also learn about actions that United Methodists in Texas are taking to affirm their church’s opposition to the death penalty.
The State of Texas executed Pablo Vasquez on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. He was convicted of killing 12-year-old David Cardenas in 1998 in Donna, Texas (Hidalgo County). Vasquez was 20 years old at the time of the crime. Vasquez was the the sixth person executed in Texas this year. To date, there have been 11 […]
Tonight, the State of Texas is scheduled to execute Pablo Vasquez . He was convicted of killing 12-year-old David Cardenas in 1998 in Donna, Texas (Hidalgo County). Vasquez was 20 years old at the time of the crime. His attorney claims he suffers from severe mental illness. An appeal on other grounds is pending before […]
In this edition of our monthly e-newsletter, you’ll find information about upcoming events featuring Sister Helen Prejean at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. You’ll also find links to recent stories about racial bias in the jury selection process and the regrets of a juror in a capital murder trial in Texas that sentenced a man to death.
“I feel it.” Those were the last words of Adam Ward, who was put to death by the State of Texas last night after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his appeal for a stay of execution. Ward’s attorneys argued he should be exempt from execution based on evidence of his severe mental illness. According to […]