The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) has stayed the execution of Clifton Williams to review claims of intellectual disability. Williams was scheduled to be executed on June 21, 2018 for the 2005 murder of Cecilia Schneider in Smith County. This is the first stay granted by the CCA in 2018. The CCA’s order stated: “We […]
In this edition of our monthly e-newsletter, you’ll find information about two scheduled executions in June, as well as recent developments in the death penalty cases of Alfred Dewayne Brown and Paul David Storey, among others. We’ve also included a link to a new memoir from Michelle Lyons, who witnessed nearly 300 executions during her tenure with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
Yesterday, May 16, the State of Texas executed Juan Castillo for the 2003 murder of Tommy Garcia, Jr. in Bexar County. Despite significant evidence of false testimony, both the United States Supreme Court and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals rejected Castillo’s final appeal. Castillo’s petition for clemency was denied by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. […]
In this edition of our monthly e-newsletter, you’ll find information about executions, clemency campaign efforts, and announcements about upcoming events and new resources.
On April 25, 2018, the State of Texas executed Erick Davila for the 2008 murders of Annette Stevenson and her granddaughter, Queshawn, in Fort Worth. Davila has steadfastly maintained that he did not intend to kill either of the victims. His target was a man thought to be in the same house. During his trial, Davila’s attorney […]
Earlier this month, Amnesty International published its annual report, Death Sentences and Executions 2017. The report details the 39% decrease in the use of the death penalty worldwide since 2015 and highlights nations which continue to violate international law. At least 993 executions in 23 countries were carried out in 2017. China excluded, Iran, Saudi Arabia, […]
In this edition of our monthly e-newsletter, you’ll find information about executions, case updates, and announcements about upcoming events and film screenings featuring wrongful convictions.
Yesterday, March 27, the State of Texas executed Rosendo Rodriguez for the 2008 murder and assault of Summer Baldwin in Lubbock. The United States Supreme Court rejected Rodriguez’s final appeal just before 6:00 PM. According to the Texas Tribune, “In his final statement, Rodriguez called for an investigation into the Lubbock County district attorney and medical examiner, […]