In light of the developments in the Carlos Deluna case as highlighted on www.thewrongcarlos.net, TCADP has responded by creating a new Wrongful Execution webpage listing information on at least three known cases of probable wrongful execution: Carlos DeLuna, Claude Jones, and Cameron Todd Willingham. Learn more about these Texas cases and how you can get […]
Today, December 13, 2010, the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP) released its annual report, Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2010: The Year in Review. TCADP releases this annual report each December in conjunction with the anniversary of the resumption of executions in Texas in 1982.
According to the report, death sentences in Texas have dropped more than 70% since 2003, reaching a historic low in 2010. Juries condemned eight new individuals to death in Texas in 2010, the lowest number of new death sentences since the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Texas’ revised death penalty statute in 1976.
The Texas Observer is reporting today on the results of DNA testing of evidence that was used to convict and execute Claude Jones on December 7, 2000. The one-inch strand of hair was the only physical evidence that tied Jones to the crime scene and murder of liquor store owner Allen Hilzendager. According to the […]
Earlier this week, State District Judge Paul Murphy granted a motion from The Innocence Project and the Texas Observer and ordered local prosecutors to turn over a one-inch strand of hair that was collected over 21 years ago at a crime scene in San Jacinto County. That scene involved the murder of liquor store owner […]