Archive | Houston

15 January 2014 ~ Comments Off

Join us for these upcoming TCADP events in Houston!

TCADP invites all members and supporters in the Houston area to join us for these upcoming events.

Martin Luther King Parade 
Gather at 9am at the corner of Jackson and Texas in downtown Houston on Monday, January 20, 2014.  For more information, or if you have trouble finding the group, contact Dave Atwood at 832-693-5710 (cell) or dpatwood@igc.org.  Look for the Houston Peace and Justice Center or TCADP banners.

FAIR & JUST Lunch Series - January 29, 12:30 to 1:30 PM, St. Anne’s Catholic Church
Join us for the next installment of our FAIR & JUST lunch series in Houston!  Meet other supporters in the area and hear fromProfessor Ana Otero, Associate Professor of Law, Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law.  Prof. Otero will discuss the American Bar Association’s Texas Death Penalty Assessment, which was released last fall after a comprehensive two-year study.

We’ll be ordering box lunches from Central Market.  You’re also welcome to bring your own lunch, if you prefer.  RSVP and buy your lunch ticket!

Execution vigil location on days of scheduled executions – January through March
Please note the Rotating Locations and change of time…January-March-5:45-6:30pm.  St. Anne’s Catholic Church located at the corner of Westheimer and Shepherd.  Parking is accessible immediately inside the gate on Westheimer Road.

January
20:  MLK parade, gather at 9am at the corner of Jackson and Texas in downtown Houston.
22: Scheduled execution of  Edgar Tamayo Urgent Action!  Vigil on the day of execution at St. Anne’s Catholic Church 5:45pm.
29: “Fair & Just” Lunch Series in Houston, 12:30-1:30 PM, St. Anne’s Catholic Church – Professor Ana Otero from Texas Southern Law School will discuss the American Bar Association’s Texas Death Penalty Assessment
31:  Last Day to book Block Rate Hotel rooms for TCADP Annual Conference, www.tcadp.org/cowtown/

February
1 Last Day to Receive TCADP Annual Conference advance registration rates

Continue Reading

06 November 2013 ~ Comments Off

TCADP Local Discussions in Houston, Collin County, and Austin November 12 and 13

If you live in Houston, Collin County or Austin, please make plans to join local TCADP members and supporters in your area!

Houston:  Fair and Just Lunch Series, November 12
Please join TCADP on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 for the second FAIR & JUST lunch series in Houston!  Meet other supporters in the area and hear from special guest speaker Kristin Houlé, the Executive Director of TCADP, from 12:30 to 1:30 PM in the community room at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, 2140 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77098. (Note: Access the church parking lot from Fairview Street is easiest due to construction on Westheimer.)  The lunch order has closed, but you’re welcome to bring your own lunch, if you prefer. Beverages will be provided. Questions? Please call TCADP Board Member Mary Heartlein at 713/419-9861 or TCADP Member Alison West at 713/598-4182. RSVP

Collin County:  First local meeting to be held in Allen, November 12
The new TCADP group in Collin County will be holding its first monthly meeting in Allen, Tuesday, November 12, 2013  at Suncreek United Methodist Church and we hope to see you! Please come and mingle with TCADP supporters in the area as they formulate a game plan to bring the abolition of the death penalty to the forefront in Collin County. They will discuss meeting with Texas representatives, presenting a film to fellow citizens as well as how they can make a difference in Texas repeal efforts.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Suncreek United Methodist Church, Round Room
1517 W McDermott Dr Allen, TX 75013

Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to collincounty@tcadp.org.

Austin: TCADP Lunch discussion with Dr. Kate Allen, November 13
Please join other TCADP members and supporters in Austin on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 from 11:45am to 1:00pm for lunch at The Clay Pit Restaurant, 1601 Guadalupe St  Austin, TX 78701! The restaurant has a great lunch buffet which will make service easy for us. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Kate Allen.  She grew up in central Texas and worked on America’s East Coast, West Coast, and the Midwest before returning to Austin in 2000.  She has been a clinical social worker, professor of social work, psychotherapist, and trainer since 1973.  Dr. Allen is professor emerita from California State University, Sacramento.  Licensed in Texas and California, she has testified in and worked on dozens of cases in six states, including capital murder trials, 1st degree murder trials, and “failure-to-protect” civil cases. Dr. Allen is known as an Attachment Specialist, providing consultation, testimony, and training in that area. She will talk with us about her experiences as an expert witness in death penalty cases. We hope to see you at the Clay Pit on November 13. RSVP is closed.  At capacity, sorry!

Don’t miss it!

(Share this page on your FB, Twitter, and Google+ feeds and invite your friends!)

Continue Reading

25 September 2013 ~ Comments Off

Today – National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims

Today, we remember those who have lost their lives through violence and we remember the many loved ones they leave behind.  Parents, children, wives and husbands, friends – all who will struggle with the untimely loss.

Today, September 25th, marks the  annual observance of National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims.  This day honors the memory of homicide victims and acknowledges the resulting long-term trauma for their families, communities, and the nation.  You can read more about it on the website of Parents of Murdered Children, which initiated today’s observance, and download a resource kit.

An observance will take place today in Houston at 6:30 PM at Hermann Square Reflection Pond 901 Bagby St. Houston, TX 77002-2526.  Contact  713-392- 8236 for more information. In San Antonio, an observance will take place today at 7:00 PM at First Church of the Nazarene, 10715 West Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78213.  Contact  830-981-9490 for more information.

TCADP has partnered with Murder Victim’s Families for Reconciliation to share the stories of Family Survivors – “Voices of Texas”.  Learn more and read a few of them at http://tcadp.org/what-we-do/victims-outreach/

We ask that you keep all murder victims and their families and friends in your thoughts and hearts today, and always.

Continue Reading

16 May 2013 ~ Comments Off

State of Texas Executes Jeffrey Williams

On May 15, 2015, the State of Texas put Jeffrey Williams to death for the murder of plainclothes Houston police officer Troy Blando in 1999 while being arrested for stealing a car.  The U.S. Supreme Court denied his last appeal regarding a claim of ineffective assistance of counsel.  Read more from the Associated Press, via the Austin American-Statesman.

It was the sixth execution to take place in Texas this year, out of twelve nationwide, and the first involving a case from Harris County since District Attorney Mike Anderson was sworn into office in January.    Texas has executed 498 people since 1982.

With the May 21 scheduled execution of Robert Pruett stayed for DNA testing, the next execution is scheduled to take place on June 12.

 

Continue Reading

16 November 2012 ~ Comments Off

State of Texas Executes Preston Hughes III

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 2012; the state already has scheduled five executions into July of next year.

Hughes proclaimed his innocence and asked his supporters to continue to fight to clear his name. Read more from the Texas Tribune and ABC News/Associated Press.

Continue Reading

31 October 2012 ~ 2 Comments

Three Texas Executions Scheduled for November

The State of Texas is scheduled to carry out these executions in November:

On November 8, 2012, Mario Swain, is scheduled to be executed for the December 2002 slaying of Lola Nixon in Longview.  The murder occurred during a break-in of her home. According to KWTX.com, “Swain’s lawyers contended the inmate’s confessions … improperly were admitted at his capital murder trial and also argued his trial lawyers were deficient and jury selection was improper.”

Ramon Hernandez is scheduled to be put to death on November 14, 2012 for the 2001 rape and murder of Rosa Rosado in San Antonio.

On November 15, 2012, Preston Hughes III is scheduled to be put to death for the 1988 murders of Shandra Charles, age 15, and Marcell Taylor, age 3, in Houston.  Read more about the case in the Houston Chronicle and Austin Chronicle.

Continue Reading

19 October 2012 ~ Comments Off

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Stay of Execution to Anthony Haynes

This afternoon, October 18, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider a review of the case of Anthony Haynes, who was scheduled to be put to death today for the 1998 murder of off-duty police officer Sgt. Kent Kincaid in Houston.  According to the Houston Chronicle, (“Houston cop killer Anthony Haynes granted stay of execution,” October 18, 2012), “Earlier, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles and a federal court had rejected the killer’s appeals, which essentially said Haynes’ previous lawyers had provided inadequate representation.”  Here’s an excerpt from the Chronicle:

In his petitions, Haynes’ current lawyer Richard Ellis said the earlier attorneys failed to thoroughly research the case, and had handled the punishment phase of the trial as an “afterthought.” Friends and relatives who would have testified to Haynes’ good character were not allowed to tell their stories to jurors, Ellis said.

Should the high court review Haynes’ case, it will also consider whether claims such as his can be considered in federal courts when they have not been heard in state courts. Haynes’ claims of insufficient counsel were not heard in state courts because they were not presented in a timely manner mandated by Texas law.

High court justices later this month will consider reviewing a case where the arguments mirror Haynes’. The court in August stayed the execution of Amarillo triple-killer John Balentine.

In petitions on Haynes’ behalf, Ellis has argued that his client was a stellar student of good character, an ambitious youth destined for a military career, before he fell victim to drug abuse.

This was the sixth stay of execution granted to a Texas death row inmate this year.

Read more in the Houston Chronicle.

Continue Reading

25 September 2012 ~ Comments Off

Today is National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims

I have been told that the violent death of a loved one is one of the most difficult situations for individuals and family members to recover from, if they ever do.  Many do not.  Many are plagued with catastrophic diseases and die prematurely due to their inability to overcome their deep grief. Others spend the rest of their lives attempting to medicate their grief with prescription drugs, illegal drugs or alcohol.  Even if they are able to eventually get some relief, they still have anniversaries and birthdays that cause them to re-live their original pain. The first few years are the worst, they tell me.
So, imagine with me the most dreadful devastating event in your life, and multiply it several times, to come even near the pain of the families of murder victims. That is what they are feeling most of the time. Our hearts go out to them.  Join me today in honoring these people.
Today, September 25th, marks the  annual observance of National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims.  This day honors the memory of homicide victims and acknowledges the resulting long-term trauma for their families, communities, and the nation.  You can read more about it on the website of Parents of Murdered Children, which initiated today’s observance, and download a resource kit.
An observance will take place today in Houston at 6:30 PM at Hermann Square Reflection Pond 901 Bagby St. Houston, TX 77002-2526.  Contact  713-308-9063 for more information.In San Antonio, an observance will take place today at 7:00 PM at First Church of the Nazarene, 10715 West Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78213.  Contact  210-621-2478 for more information.
We ask that you keep all murder victims and their families and friends in your thoughts and hearts today, and always.

Continue Reading