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Texas Court of Criminal Appeals rejects recommendation of relief for Paul Storey

Today, a majority of judges on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) rejected a trial judge’s recommendation that Paul Storey’s death sentence be commuted to life in prison after he found prosecutors had presented false evidence and withheld evidence from the defense. Storey was sentenced to death for the robbery and murder of Jonas […]

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State of Texas executes Billy Crutsinger

The State of Texas executed Billy Crutsinger on September 4, 2019 after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his final appeal and motion for a stay. He was the 5th person put to death by the state this year and the 14th nationwide. The State of Texas has scheduled 10 more executions over the next three […]

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Severely Schizophrenic Man Doesn’t Know Why He Is In Prison, Scheduled for TX Execution Next Week

Kwame Rockwell is scheduled to be executed by the State of Texas on Wednesday, October 24, despite his lifelong history of severe mental illness that predates the crime, fixed delusions that snakes and demons surround him and invade his body, and the fact that the state’s own doctors have sent him to the psychiatric unit […]

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One execution stayed, another execution date withdrawn

Late in the day on Friday, October 5, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) stayed the execution of Juan Segundo based on a claim of intellectual disability.  He was scheduled to be put to death on Wednesday, October 10 for the rape and murder of 11-year-old Vanessa Villa in 1986 in Fort Worth. According to […]

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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 […]