UPDATE: Tonight the State of Texas put to death Carl Wayne Buntion, the first execution in the state in over six months. At age 78, Buntion is the oldest person executed by the State of Texas. We are grateful to his attorneys, who fought valiantly to stop his execution, and to everyone who supported Buntion’s […]
In this edition Scheduled executions: Texas set to execute a 78-year-old man and a wrongfully convicted woman this month In case you missed it: Texas court overturns conviction and death sentence of Joseph Colone; Tarrant County prosecutors remove death penalty as a punishment option on the eve of trial; U.S. Supreme Court upholds the religious […]
The State of Texas is scheduled to execute Carl Wayne Buntion, who just turned 78 and has spent more than 30 years on death row, on April 21, 2022. Buntion was convicted and sentenced to death in 1991 for killing Houston Police Officer James Irby. Eighteen years later, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ordered […]
Update as of 7:40 PM, July 8, 2020: The State of Texas executed Billy Wardlow tonight, July 8, 2020, despite an outpouring of support from legislators, juvenile justice and neuroscience experts, and so many others. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider his appeals, and there was no word from Texas Governor Greg Abbott in […]
Many of Texas’s most troubling death penalty cases are rooted in a corrosive system of racism fostered by predictions of future dangerousness, a unique facet of our state’s capital punishment statute.