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1982 Charles Brooks execution Panetti

December 7, 1982

Thirty-two years ago today, the State of Texas officially resumed executions, putting Charlie Brooks to death for the 1976 murder of David Gregory.  That was also the nation’s first execution by lethal injection, a new method concocted by a legislator and former chief medical examiner in Oklahoma. All eyes were on Texas that day, much […]

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1982 Charles Brooks death penalty lethal injection Rev. Carroll Pickett Texas

On this day in 1982…

Thirty-one years ago today, the State of Texas officially resumed executions, putting Charlie Brooks to death for the 1976 murder of David Gregory. That was also the nation’s first execution by lethal injection, a new method concocted by a legislator and former chief medical examiner in Oklahoma. Reverend Carroll Pickett, who served as the chaplain at […]

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1982 Charles Brooks December 7 TCADP Annual Report

December 7, 1982

While most Americans are aware that today, December 7, is Pearl Harbor Day, here in Texas the date holds additional meaning.   On this day in 1982, the State of Texas officially resumed executions… six years after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld revised state death penalty statutes in the case of Gregg v. Georgia.  It is […]