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State Agrees to 60-Day Reprieve for Robert Pruett

*Updated on May 15, 2013* A state district judge has formally withdrawn the May 21 execution date for Robert Pruett. A hearing will take place on June 3 regarding testing of DNA evidence.

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Judge Stays Execution of Larry Swearingen

On January 30, 2013, State District Judge Kelly Case withdrew the February 27 execution date of Larry Swearingen in order to give his attorneys more time to pursue DNA testing. Swearingen was convicted of the 1998 rape and murder of 19-year-old Melissa Trotter, a student at Montgomery Community College.  Her body was discovered in the Sam […]

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Texas Attorney General Releases Partial DNA Results in Skinner Case

Today the Texas Attorney General’s Office released the partial results of DNA tests conducted this fall in the case of Henry “Hank” Skinner.  Skinner was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1993 murders of his girlfriend Twila Busby and her two developmentally disabled adult sons in Pampa, Texas.  Key pieces of evidence collected at […]

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State of Texas Executes Bobby Hines

On October 24, 2012, the State of Texas executed Bobby Hines for the 1991 murder of Michelle Wendy Haupt in Dallas.  According to the Associated Press and reported by Fox News, Hines “was scheduled to die in May and the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review his case, but the Dallas County district attorney’s office again […]

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Both Sides in Skinner Case Ask High Court for DNA Testing

Statement from Rob Owen in Response to Tuesday’s Filing of a Joint Motion to Vacate and Remand in the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals “We are pleased to have reached an agreement that finally secures DNA testing in this case, but there remains reason for grave concern. It appears that no DNA testing will be […]

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State of Texas Agrees to DNA Testing for Hank Skinner

On Friday, June 1, the State of Texas filed an advisory with the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in which it agreed to DNA testing for death row inmate Hank Skinner.   Read more in the Texas Tribune. Rob Owen, attorney for Hank Skinner and Visiting Clinical Professor, Northwestern University School of Law, issued the […]

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Texas Monthly: Trials and Errors

The June issue of Texas Monthly magazine features a fascinating discussion that took place recently among some of the most pivotal players in our state’s criminal justice system.  Jake Silverstein, the editor of Texas Monthly, sat down with six individuals to talk about Texas’ abysmal record of wrongful convictions and to ask these questions: Why does […]

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Execution Date Withdrawn for Bobby Hines

The State of Texas will not execute Bobby Hines on June 6 as originally scheduled.  According to the Associated Press, “Dallas County prosecutors asked a judge to withdraw the June 6 execution date for 39-year-old Bobby Lee Hines because results of additional DNA testing in his case won’t be available by then. District Court Judge Don […]