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Update: State of Texas executes Erick Davila

On April 25, 2018, the State of Texas executed Erick Davila for the 2008 murders of Annette Stevenson and her granddaughter, Queshawn, in Fort Worth. Davila has steadfastly maintained that he did not intend to kill either of the victims. His target was a man thought to be in the same house. During his trial, Davila’s attorney […]

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Victim’s parents oppose execution of Paul Storey

“Paul Storey’s execution will not bring our son back, will not atone for the loss of our son and will not bring comfort or closure.” Those are the powerful words of Glenn and Judy Cherry, whose son Jonas Cherry was killed at a Putt-Putt Golf and Games in Hurst, Texas in 2006.  One of the […]

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State of Texas executes James Bigby

The State of Texas executed James Bigby around 6:00 PM tonight. Bigby was put to death for the 1987 murders of Michael R. Trekell and Jayson Kehler in Tarrant County. In his final statement, Bigby apologized for his crimes. Jolie McCullough of the Texas Tribune reports: I’m sorry it went on for a terribly long time…I hope that my death will […]

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State of Texas scheduled to execute James Bigby

Tonight, March 14, 2017,  the State of Texas is scheduled to execute James Bigby for the 1987 murders of Michael R. Trekell and Jayson Kehler in Tarrant County. According to his attorney, John Stickels, Bigby has no appeals pending. In 2005, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Bigby’s death sentence after finding that the jury […]

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Texas Court of Criminal Appeals stays execution of Tilon Carter

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has granted a stay of execution for Tilon Carter. Originally scheduled to be executed on February 7, 2017, Carter has spent 11 years on death row for the 2004 robbery and murder of 89-year-old James Eldon Tomlin in Fort Worth. The court granted the stay because the trial court missed the […]

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State of Texas executes Christopher Wilkins

Yesterday, January 11, the State of Texas carried out its first execution of 2017. Christopher Chubasco Wilkins was executed for the 2005 murders of Mike Silva and Willie Freeman in Fort Worth. Wilkins gave no final statement. He was 48 years old. In October 2015,  Wilkins’ execution date was withdrawn at the request of Tarrant County prosecutors, who sought […]

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State of Texas set to carry out nation’s first execution of the year

Tonight, January 11, 2017, Christopher Wilkins is scheduled to be put to death for the 2005 murders of Mike Silva and Willie Freeman in Fort Worth. His October 2015 execution date was withdrawn at the request of Tarrant County prosecutors, who sought the delay after the Texas Forensic Science Commission raised concerns about DNA statistics […]

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North Texas death penalty case updates

Important decisions in two North Texas death penalty-related cases were announced last Friday: A State District Judge in Dallas determined that John Battaglia is mentally competent to be executed, while a Tarrant County jury imposed a new death sentence for the first time in more than two years.