On Thursday, November 7th, a U.S. District Court stayed the execution of Patrick Murphy, who was scheduled to be executed on November 13th. This is the second time Murphy, who is Buddhist, has been granted a stay due to religious discrimination. In March the U.S. Supreme Court halted Murphy’s execution because he requested to have […]
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 […]
On November 20th the State of Texas plans to execute Rodney Reed for the 1996 rape and murder of Stacey Stites. In 1998 Reed was convicted and sentenced to death by an all-white jury in Bastrop County. DNA evidence found on Stites was the only way investigators connected Reed to the crime. However, Reed testified […]
In this edition of our monthly newsletter, you’ll find information about the three executions scheduled by the State of Texas in November, along with requests to take action on the cases of Patrick Murphy and Rodney Reed. You’ll also find the schedule for film screenings of “The Penalty” and new resources on the death penalty.
The fourth and final execution scheduled to occur in Texas in October has been stayed (the three other execution dates were stayed or withdrawn, as well). Earlier today, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted a stay to Ruben Gutierrez.