The State of Texas is scheduled to resume executions this Wednesday, September 10th, after an unusual four-month hiatus. It if proceeds, the execution of Willie Trottie will be the first execution in Texas since April and the first here since the botched executions in Oklahoma and Arizona.
This execution will take place under a shroud of secrecy, as the Texas Department of Criminal Justice still refuses to disclose its source for compounded pentobarbital, the sole drug used in executions here. In an appeal filed today with the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, attorneys for Trottie contend that the lethal injection drugs that will be used on him have expired. Read more from the Texas Tribune. Earlier this year, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott ruled that officials with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice do not have to disclose information about the pharmacy or pharmacist now supplying the lethal injection drugs used in executions. Read more from the Guardian.
A Harris County jury sentenced Willie Trottie to death for the 1993 murders of his former girlfriend Barbara Canada, and her brother, Titus, at the Canada family home in Houston. Canada’s mother and sister also were wounded in the attack.
The State of Missouri has also scheduled the execution of Earl Ringo for Wednesday. Texas, Florida and Missouri each have carried out seven executions to date this year. Read more from the Associated Press.
We encourage all Texans to attend a vigil in your community.