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Death penalty trial results in life sentence

After nine hours of deliberation, a Tarrant County jury determined that mitigating factors warranted a sentence other than the death penalty for Gabriel Armandariz, who was convicted of killing his sons Luke, 6 months, and Gatlin, 2, in April 2011 in Graham, Texas.  The trial was moved from Young County to Tarrant County.  Armandariz was sentenced to Life […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Allows Execution of Marvin Wilson‏

The State of Texas executed Marvin Wilson this evening, after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to grant him a stay based on evidence of his intellectual disabilities.  Here’s a statement from his attorney: Statement from Attorney for Marvin Wilson in Response to the Denial of a Stay of Execution by the U.S. Supreme Court “We […]

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Briseno Receives New Sentencing Hearing

Yesterday, June 9, 2010, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) overturned the death sentence of Jose Briseno. From the Dallas Morning News: “The court ruled jurors who decided Jose Briseno should be put to death didn’t have enough information in their instructions from the trial judge to make their decision. At the time of […]