According to the Associated Press, U.S. District Judge Michael Schneider has granted a stay of execution to Beunka Adams. Adams was scheduled to be executed on Thursday, April 26, 2012 for the murder of 37-year-old Kenneth Vandever outside Rusk, Texas in 2002. Judge Schneider stayed the execution so that courts can “review allegations that Adams had poor […]
Texas death row inmate, Larry Swearingen, has been given a chance to introduce evidence that he claims will prove his innocence of the murder of Melissa Trotter. Testimony began Monday, February 27, in a Montgomery County district court and is expected to focus on the role that scientific evidence played in Swearingen’s conviction. The Texas Court […]
Last night, January 26, the State of Texas carried out its first execution of 2012. Rodrigo Hernandez, 38, originally on parole in Michigan, had his DNA linked to the crime for which he was sentenced to death in 2002. The victim, Susan Verstegan, was sexually assaulted and strangled in 1994 in San Antonio. It was […]
Today, December 15, 2011, the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP) released its annual report, Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2011: The Year in Review. According to the report, executions in Texas dropped to the lowest number since 1996 and death sentences remained at a historic low level this year.
We just learned that the U.S. Supreme Court has granted a stay of execution to Cleve Foster, who was scheduled to be put to death this evening in Huntsville, Texas for the 2002 rape and murder of Nyaneur Pal in Fort Worth. From the CNN News Blog: The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday granted a […]
Today’s Austin American Statesman features an editorial in support of last week’s last-minute decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to grant a stay of execution to Duane Buck (“Fairness In The Justice System,” September 20, 2011). The editors observe that “… all Texans — perhaps especially those who support capital punishment — should feel good […]
Tonight, at the 11th hour, the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily stayed the execution of Duane Buck, pending a conference on his cert petition, which will take place at a later date. The Justices stayed the execution without comment. According to CBS/AP, “Two appeals, both related to a psychologist’s testimony that black people were more likely to […]
Yesterday, July 28, 2011, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals stayed the execution of Larry Swearingen. He was scheduled to be executed on August 18 for the 1998 rape and murder of 19-year-old Melissa Trotter, a student at Montgomery Community College. Her body was discovered in the Sam Houston National Forest on January 2, 1999, nearly […]