Death penalty trial results in life sentence

After nine hours of deliberation, a Tarrant County jury determined that mitigating factors warranted a sentence other than the death penalty for Gabriel Armandariz, who was convicted of killing his sons Luke, 6 months, and Gatlin, 2, in April 2011 in Graham, Texas.  The trial was moved from Young County to Tarrant County.  Armandariz was sentenced to Life […]

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Another Bexar County Jury Rejects the Death Penalty

Earlier this week, a “death-qualified” jury in Bexar County (San Antonio) rejected the death penalty for James David Morrison, who was convicted of capital murder in the deaths of Krystle Moten and her mother Laura Moten in 2009.  Both women were related to Morrison’s ex-girlfriend Candice Moten, who survived the shooting but miscarried her unborn baby, who she named Angel. The […]

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September 2012 Alert: Two Scheduled Executions; Upcoming Events You Won’t Want to Miss, and Opportunities for Involvement

In This Edition: Scheduled Executions Recent News Upcoming Events Announcements Calendar Executions The State of Texas is scheduled to execute Robert Harris on September 20, 2012, for the 2000 murders of former co-workers Rhoda Wheeler and Augustin Villasenor at the Mi-T-Fine Car Wash in Dallas from which he had been fired three days earlier. Three other […]

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Houston Chronicle Editorial: Death penalty perils

This week, the Houston Chronicle affirmed its call for the abolition of the death penalty in an editorial focused on the wrongful execution of Carlos DeLuna (“Death penalty perils,” May 24, 2012).  Here are excerpts: We have noted before, as have other observers, that the death penalty in Texas is all too often plagued by […]

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