State of Texas executes Troy Clark; petition for Daniel Acker still pending at U.S. Supreme Court

Last night, Wednesday, September 26, the State of Texas executed Troy Clark for the 1998 murder of Christina Muse in Tyler (Smith County).  Clark maintained his innocence until the very end.  Smith County accounts for 13 executions since 1982. It was the first of two consecutive executions scheduled this week in Texas.  Tonight, Thursday, September 27, Daniel Acker […]

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Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2017: The Year in Review

Executions and death sentences remained near-historic lows in 2017, according to a new report from the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP). Texas executed only seven people in 2017, matching 2016 for the lowest number of executions in two decades, and jurors voted for death in only four cases. For the first time since 1985, Harris County was not responsible for any of this year’s executions.

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