On Friday, May 27, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) granted a stay of execution to Charles Flores, who was scheduled to be put to death Thursday, June 2 for the 1998 murder of Elizabeth Black in Dallas County. Flores’ conviction hinged largely on an eyewitness whom police hypnotized and whose testimony placed him […]
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has granted a stay of execution to John Battaglia, who was scheduled to be put to death tonight for the 2001 murders of his two daughters, Faith and Liberty, ages 9 and 6, in Dallas County. Battaglia is now 60 years old. His attorneys argued they needed more […]
A state district judge has withdrawn the execution date for Raphael Holiday, who was scheduled to be put to death this evening. It was the last execution scheduled by the State of Texas this year. According to the Dallas Morning News, “Madison County state district Judge Hal Ridley granted a motion from Holiday’s original trial lawyers that […]
Late today the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted a stay of execution to Julius Murphy, pending further order from the court. Murphy was scheduled to be executed on November 3 for the 1997 robbery and shooting of Jason Erie. On September 24, 2015 attorneys filed pleadings identifying the existence of new evidence of prosecutorial misconduct calling into […]
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has granted a stay of execution to Bernardo Aban Tercero, a national of Nicaragua who was scheduled to be executed tomorrow, August 26, 2015. The stay was based on a new appeal in which a prosecution witness in his 2000 trial admits she testified falsely.