On December 14, 2018, the Death Penalty Information Center released its 2018 year-end report, detailing death penalty developments across the nation. The report notes that 2018 marked the fourth consecutive year with fewer than 30 executions and less than 50 new death sentences. Other significant developments include: Use of the death penalty remained at historic […]
Death sentences remained near historic low levels in Texas in 2018, yet the state’s capital punishment system is still plagued by racial bias, geographical disparities, and fundamental unfairness, according to a new report from the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP). The number of death sentences and executions in 2018 was consistent with lower use of the death penalty in Texas over the last 10 years. New death sentences remained in the single digits for the ninth time in ten years, with Texas juries condemning seven individuals to death. All seven men sentenced to death in Texas in 2018 are people of color.
In the last execution in Texas this year, the State put Alvin Braziel, Jr. to death on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. He was convicted of killing Doug White and raping Lora White in Mesquite in 1993. Braziel was 18 at the time of the crime. Braziel was not linked to the crime until 2001, when […]
In the last scheduled execution in Texas this year, the State is set to put Alvin Braziel, Jr. to death tonight, December 11, 2018. Braziel was convicted of killing Doug White and raping his wife Lora in Mesquite in 1993. Doug and Lora were newlyweds. Braziel was 18 at the time of the crime. Braziel […]
The State of Texas executed Joseph Garcia on December 4, 2018 after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected several legal challenges filed by his attorneys. He was convicted and sentenced to death in 2003 under Texas’ law of parties for the murder of Officer Aubrey Hawkins, despite the fact that no evidence directly tied him to the […]
The State of Texas is scheduled to execute Joseph Garcia tonight, December 4, 2018. In December 2000, Garcia and six other inmates escaped from a maximum-security prison south of San Antonio, where he was serving time on a murder charge that Garcia has long maintained was self-defense. While robbing a sporting goods store in Irving […]
In this edition of our monthly newsletter, we announce the recipients of our 2019 Appreciation, Courage, Media, and Founder’s Awards, which will presented at the TCADP 2019 Annual Conference in February in Austin. You’ll also find information about a death row exoneration in Florida and calls for the U.S. Supreme Court to act – again – in the Texas death penalty case of Bobby Moore.