This edition of our monthly newsletter addresses the continued impact of COVID-19 on use of the death penalty and prison conditions in Texas. It also includes updates on cases involving intellectual disability claims, federal executions, and use of the death penalty worldwide.
Today, April 6, 2020, the trial court granted the state’s motion to move Billy Joe Wardlow’s execution date from April 29 to July 8; it denied defense’s motion to withdraw the date. Both motions were based on the COVID-19 pandemic. It is the fourth execution scheduled by the State of Texas to be stayed or […]
In this edition of our monthly newsletter, you’ll find information about the 22nd state to abolish the death penalty, as well as updates on significant Texas death penalty cases and coverage of the TCADP 2020 Annual Conference. We also have an issued an action alert for John Hummel, who is scheduled to be executed on March 18, 2020.
Last night, the State of Texas executed Abel Ochoa after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider his petition and rejected his motion for a stay. He was the second person put to death in Texas this year and the third nationwide. Seven more executions are scheduled through May.
In this edition of our monthly newsletter, you’ll find information about the Texas 2020 Primary Election, including important District Attorney races on the ballot in several counties. We also share exciting news out of Colorado and reminders about upcoming deadlines for the TCADP 2020 Annual Conference on Leap Day in San Antonio.
On January 15, 2020, the State of Texas executed John Gardner for the 2005 death of his estranged wife, Tammy Gardner. Gardner, who recently turned 64 years old, reportedly had one leg and used a wheelchair. He was convicted and sentenced to death by a Collin County jury in 2006. Read more about his case […]
In this edition of our monthly newsletter, you’ll find information on the nation’s first scheduled execution of the year, as well as details on upcoming film releases, the TCADP 2020 Annual Conference, and recent death penalty developments in Texas and nationwide.
The State of Texas carried out the final execution of the year last night, putting Travis Runnels to death after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider his final appeal regarding false testimony by one of the state’s witnesses at his trial. It was the ninth execution in Texas in 2019.