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Abolitionists Gather in San Antonio for Annual Conference

More than 120 anti-death penalty advocates from across Texas will gather this Saturday, February 18, 2012 at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio for the annual conference of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP). This event, “Seizing the Momentum – Creating the Climate for Change,” will feature workshops and a panel discussion on the impact of Texas’ changing demographics on the death penalty.

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Texas Carries Out First Execution in 2012; Newbury, Member of “Texas Seven,” Receives Stay

Last night, January 26, the State of Texas carried out its first execution of 2012. Rodrigo Hernandez, 38, originally on parole in Michigan, had his DNA linked to the crime for which he was sentenced to death in 2002. The victim, Susan Verstegan, was sexually assaulted and strangled in 1994 in San Antonio.  It was […]

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TCADP 2011 Annual Report: Texas Carries Out Fewest Executions Since 1996

Today, December 15, 2011, the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP) released its annual report, Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2011: The Year in Review. According to the report, executions in Texas dropped to the lowest number since 1996 and death sentences remained at a historic low level this year.

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State of Texas Executes Frank Garcia

Last night, Thursday, October 27, 2011, the State of Texas executed Frank Garcia for the 2001 murder of his wife, Jessica Garcia, and San Antonio police officer Sgt. Hector Garza during a domestic disturbance.  Jessica Garcia was the mother of two young children.  Sgt. Garza was a 25-year Police Department veteran and father of five. Read […]

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San Antonio Religious Leaders Gather for Dialogue on the Death Penalty

Tonight at the Laurie Auditorium of Trinity University, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, seven prominent San Antonio-area religious leaders will take center stage to engage in a critical dialogue with each other – and with the public – about the death penalty. Moderated by Karen Clifton, Executive Director of the Catholic Mobilizing Network, “The Religious Leaders Dialogue on the Death Penalty” will explore perspectives on the death penalty in a community with deep religious roots.

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Victim’s Family Support Sought by DA Candidates in San Antonio

This past March, when a sentence of Life Without the Possibility of Parole (LWOP) was given to the killer of Viola Barrios, one chapter of the tragedy for the Barrios family ended.  Sadly, the Barrios family finds themselves in the news again as candidates for Bexar County District Attorney vie for their support in the […]

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Bexar County Jury Rejects the Death Penalty

On Thursday, October 7, 2010, a Bexar County jury rejected the death penalty for Keith Evans, who was convicted of the capital murder of Mohammed “Moe” Omar during a failed robbery attempt of a convenience store in San Antonio.  Evans had admitted his guilt in the attempted robbery and murder, but testified that he had […]

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Texas Death Sentence Overturned

On June 16, 2010, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overturned the death sentence of Adrian Estrada, who was convicted of the 2005 murder of Stephanie Sanchez in Bexar County. According to the San Antonio Express-News: “… the jury was accidentally given misleading information from an expert witness on the danger he would pose … […]