The State of Texas carried out the execution of Tommy Lynn Sells this evening, after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his last appeal. Sells was convicted of killing thirteen-year-old Kaylene Harris in an attack on her and a friend at a home near Del Rio in Val Verde County in 1999. Eleven-year-old Krystal Surles survived and testified […]
Despite serious questions about the compounded drugs obtained by Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to stop tonight’s scheduled execution of Michael Yowell. The State of Texas proceeded with the execution, and Yowell was pronounced dead at 7:11 PM.
*Updated June 4, 2013* According to the Associated Press, the U.S. Supreme Court has ordered the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review six Texas death penalty cases – including four from Harris County – in light of last week’s ruling in Trevino v. Thaler. One of the cases involves an inmate who was […]
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,” […]
Late last night, October 10, 2012, the State of Texas executed Jonathan Marcus Green for the 2000 rape, abduction, and murder of 12-year-old Christina Neal in Montgomery County. The execution occurred after much legal wrangling over Green’s mental competency. He reportedly suffered from schizophrenia, including severe hallucinations, for which he received no medication. In 2010, […]