The State of Texas carried out the final execution of the year last night, putting Travis Runnels to death after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider his final appeal regarding false testimony by one of the state’s witnesses at his trial. It was the ninth execution in Texas in 2019.
In this edition of our monthly newsletter, you’ll find information about the final scheduled execution in Texas in 2019 and how you can support clemency for Travis Runnels. We also share exciting details about the TCADP 2020 Annual Conference, including our panelists, keynote speakers, and award recipients.
Just hours after the the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles unanimously recommended a 120-day reprieve for Rodney Reed, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted Reed an indefinite stay of execution.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has upheld the stay of execution granted to Patrick Murphy by a federal district judge on November 7. The state will not appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, which means Murphy will not be put to death tonight (November 13, 2019) as scheduled. It’s the second […]
Last night, November 6, 2019, the State of Texas executed Justen Hall. He was sentenced to death by an El Paso County jury in 2005 for the murder of Melanie Billhartz in 2002. Hall had asked to give up his appeals at several points during his time on death row. More than 30 other individuals have been […]