Texas Court of Criminal Appeals stays execution of Tilon Carter

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has granted a stay of execution for Tilon Carter. Originally scheduled to be executed on February 7, 2017, Carter has spent 11 years on death row for the 2004 robbery and murder of 89-year-old James Eldon Tomlin in Fort Worth. The court granted the stay because the trial court missed the […]

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Texas Court of Criminal Appeals stays December 7th execution of John Battaglia

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has issued a stay of execution for John Battaglia, who was scheduled to be put to death next week on December 7. The court is reviewing a recent decision by a state district judge deeming Battaglia mentally competent to be executed. No more executions are scheduled to take place in 2016; Texas will end the year with the fewest executions in two decades.

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More than five months pass since last execution in Texas

The death penalty landscape continues to shift in Texas, with no executions occurring here since April 6, 2016.  The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA), the state’s highest criminal court, has stopped the last four scheduled executions; it also halted two other executions earlier in the summer.  According to Chuck Lindell with the Austin American-Statesman, […]

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Texas Court of Criminal Appeals stays execution of Rolando Ruiz

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has stayed the execution of Rolando Ruiz, who was scheduled to be executed on August 31st. His appeal questioned the deficiency of his trial counsel and his initial habeas counsel. The appeal also questioned the constitutionality of executing him after more than 20 years after his conviction. BuzzFeed News reports: This […]

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