death penalty news—-TEXAS

Jan. 3


7 executions set for January

7 executions to be carried out at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Walls Unit have been scheduled throughout the month of January.

The first execution, that of Curtis Moore, is scheduled for Jan. 14, and
the final of the six executions to follow is scheduled for Jan. 29.

Moore, 40, was received from Tarrant County. According to their official
Web site, TDCJ is awaiting information on the details of his offenses.

Jose Garcia Briseno, scheduled for execution on Jan. 15, was 33 years old
on the date of his offense.

According to TDCJ, Briseno was convicted of the 1991 murder of Dimmit
County Sheriff Ben Murray.

Following a violent struggle with Briseno and his accomplice, Alberto
Gonzalez, Murray was found dead in his home with numerous stab wounds. The
wounds were inflicted with a butcher knife found buried in his chest.

Briseno and Gonzalez reportedly killed Murray to avenge previous arrests
he made against them.

Frank Moore, who is scheduled to be executed on Jan. 21, was 34 at the
time of his alleged crimes.

In 1996, Moore was convicted of the January 1994 shooting deaths of
23-year-old Samuel Boyd and 15-year-old Patrick Clark.

Prior to his arrest, Moore reportedly threatened to kill family members of
witnesses if they cooperated with police investigation.

Frank Perkins, 53, is scheduled for execution on Jan. 22.

According to the TDCJ Web site, Perkins who at the time of the December
2000 offense was 45 years old strangled his 64-year-old step-mother,
resulting in her death. Her body was found in the trunk of her vehicle in
a parking garage.

On Jan. 27, 37-year-old Lary Swearingen is scheduled to be executed for
kidnapping and strangling a 19-year-old in 1998.

Virgil Martinez, scheduled for execution on Jan. 28, was 28 at the time of
his 1996 offense.

Martinez was convicted in Harris County of fatally shooting a 3-year-old
female, a 6-year-old male, an 18-year-old male and a 27-year-old female.

Finally, 46-year-old Ricardo Ortiz is scheduled for execution on Jan. 29.

At 34, while confined in El Paso, Ortiz and 2 other inmates were cooking

The subject made a triple dose of heroin and injected it into a
22-year-old Hispanic male. The victim died of a heroin overdose and was
found when officers did a count in the cellblock.

(source: Huntsville Item)