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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Associated Press is reporting that Anthony Bartee has received a stay of execution from a federal judge in San Antonio. Prosecutors have appealed the decision, however, so the stay may only be temporary. The U.S. Supreme Court turned down Bartee’s appeal late this afternoon.