A new editorial from the Dallas Morning News addresses declining use of the death penalty in Texas and features excerpts from an interview with former District Attorney Tim Cole, who advocates for abolition of the death penalty.
The State of Texas put 10 people to death in 2014, the fewest executions in the state since 1996, according to the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty’s (TCADP) new report, Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2014: The Year in Review. This year, new death sentences in Texas also remained near record-low levels, with 11 new death sentences coming from just 8 of the state’s 254 counties.
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A Dallas County jury has convicted and sentenced Franklin Davis for the murder of 16 year old, Shania Gray. Gray was the babysitter of Davis’ children and had accused him of rape. Read more about the case from the Dallas Morning News. This is the third death sentence in Dallas County this year, but the […]
On Friday, July 19, 2013, the jury in the capital murder trial of Obel Cruz-Garcia determined that he should be put to death for kidnapping and killing six-year old Angelo Garcia, Jr., in 1992. Read more about the case in the Houston Chronicle. This is the first new death sentence out of Harris County since 2011. […]
On May 7, 2013, the State of Texas put Carroll Parr to death for the 2003 drug-related robbery and killing of Joel Dominguez in Waco. It was the fifth execution to take place in Texas this year. Earlier in the day, a Galveston County jury sentenced Bartholomew Granger to death for the murder of 79-year-old Minnie Ray Sebolt outside the Jefferson County Courthouse in 2012.
Today, December 18, 2012, the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) released its year-end report, The Death Penalty in 2012. According to the report, the number of new death sentences in 2012 was the second lowest since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. Several states, including North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina, did not impose […]
According to TCADP’s new report, Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2012: The Year in Review, more than half of all new death sentences were imposed in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex this year, while no new death sentences were imposed in Harris County for the third time in five years.