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Survey finds low support for death penalty among Houstonians

Earlier this week, the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University released the results of its Houston Area Survey for 2020.  Now in its 39th year, the survey measures Houstonians’ views on a wide range of issues facing the region, including the death penalty. The results of the 2020 survey affirm what we’ve observed for […]

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State of Texas executes Robert Jennings

Update, 1/31/2019: Last night, the State of Texas carried out the nation’s first execution of the year, putting Robert Jennings to death for the 1988 murder of Houston Police Officer Elston Howard. The U.S. Supreme Court rejected his final appeals less than an hour before his execution. Read more from the Texas Tribune.***Original post, 1/30/2019: […]

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September 2018 Alert: “Inadmissible in all cases”

In this edition of our monthly alert, you’ll find information about back-to-back executions scheduled to take place in Texas this month, as well as details on film screenings, speakers, and candidate forums occurring throughout the state.

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TCADP August 2018 Alert: A welcome reprieve from executions

In this edition of our monthly e-newsletter, you’ll find information about recent death penalty developments in Bexar, Dallas, and Harris Counties, as well as upcoming events in Fort Worth and San Antonio.

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State of Texas executes Danny Bible

Last night, the State of Texas executed Danny Bible for the 1979 assault and murder of Inez Deaton in Houston. The case went unsolved for nearly 20 years. Bible was convicted and sentenced to death in 2003 after being arrested in 1998 for another crime. Upon his arrest, he confessed to killing Deaton. Read more from the Texas […]

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State of Texas executes Anthony Shore

Yesterday, January 18, 2018, the State of Texas executed Anthony Shore for multiple murders in Harris County in the 1980s and 1990s. Sentenced in November 2004, Shore was the last white defendant to receive a death sentence in Harris County. Shore’s execution was the first to occur in Texas and the United States this year. Harris County accounts […]

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State of Texas scheduled to execute Anthony Shore

On January 18, the State of Texas is scheduled to execute Anthony Shore for multiple murders in Harris County in the 1980s and 1990s. Sentenced in November 2004, Shore is the last white defendant to receive a death sentence in Harris County. In October 2017, he received a 90-day reprieve due to his possible involvement in another case. According […]

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U.S. Supreme Court considers Texas death penalty case of Carlos Ayestas

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Ayesta v. Davis. Carlos Ayestas is a Honduran national who was sentenced to death in Harris County in 1997 for his role in the 1995 murder of 67-year-old Santiaga Paneque during an apparent robbery. During his original trial, Ayestas’ attorneys failed to […]