death penalty news—-TEXAS

Oct. 8


Mother of 1988 Austin murder victim writing book

Graham resident Jeanette Popp has been trying to make sense of her
daughter's brutal murder at an Austin restaurant for 20 years. Next March,
her book, Mortal Justice, with Wanda Evans of Lubbock, will be released by
New Horizon Press. As detailed in The Dallas Morning News last February,
the case shook Texas' criminal justice system, after 2 men, Chris Ochoa
and Richard Danziger were wrongfully convicted of the crime.

Mr.Ochoa falsely confessed to the horrific rape and murder to avoid the
death penalty, and implicated Mr. Danziger, who always maintained his

The 2 men were released after 12 years in prison after another inmate
confessed and other evidence tied him to the case. Ms. Popp befriended Mr.
Ochoa, and became an outspoken opponent of the death penalty. According to
New Horizon's catalog, a 20 city talk radio tour is planned.

(source: Dallas Morning News)