State of Texas scheduled to carry out back-to-back executions this week

The State of Texas is scheduled to carry out back-to-back executions this week.  Today, Wednesday, September 26, Troy Clark is scheduled to be put to death for the 1998 murder of Christina Muse in Tyler (Smith County).  The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles rejected his application for clemency earlier this week and he has no legal filings pending.  According to Clark’s appellate attorneys, his trial attorneys failed to present mitigating evidence to the jury regarding his traumatic childhood.

Tomorrow, Thursday, September 27, the State of Texas is scheduled to execute Daniel Acker for killing his girlfriend, Marquetta George, in 2000.  He was convicted in Hopkins County.  Acker has an appeal pending at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Both men have maintained their innocence.

The State of Texas last carried out consecutive executions in 2012, when Ramon Hernandez and Preston Hughes were put to death on November 14th and 15th, respectively.

Nationwide, 7 states have carried out 16 executions in 2018. Texas accounts for half of those executions.  Six additional individuals in Texas have execution dates in the remaining months of 2018.