National Alliance on Mental Illness Praises Stay of Execution for Marcus Druery, Calls for Competency Hearing

The Houston Chronicle (August 1, 2012) has published a letter to the editor from the Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Mike Fitzpatrick, and the Policy Coordinator for NAMI-Texas, Greg Hansch, regarding the case of Marcus Druery and his petition for a full and fair competency hearing to determine his mental health […]

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Marcus Druery Denied Full Competency Hearing

Earlier today, July 24, 2012, Brazos County District Court Judge J.D. Langley denied a motion to hold a full hearing on Marcus Druery’s execution competency claim. Druery is scheduled to be executed next Wednesday, August 1, despite diagnoses from the State’s own mental health professionals that he is severely psychotic. He was sentenced to death […]

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Court of Criminal Appeals Grants Stay to Steven Staley

Update as of 5:00 PM on May 14: We just learned that the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has granted a stay of execution to Steven Staley. The court did not provide a reason for the reprieve, saying only that “it had determined the execution should be halted “‘pending further order by this court.'”

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Execution Date to be Withdrawn for Man with Severe Mental Illness

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, State District Judge Wayne Salvant plans to withdraw the execution date he set for Steven Staley in order to conduct yet another hearing to determine whether he is mentally competent to be executed.  Staley had been scheduled for execution by the State of Texas on December 1. Staley was […]

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