Texas Court of Criminal Appeals halts execution of Clifton Williams

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) has stayed the execution of Clifton Williams to review claims of intellectual disability. Williams was scheduled to be executed on June 21, 2018 for the 2005 murder of Cecilia Schneider in Smith County. This is the first stay granted by the CCA in 2018. The CCA’s order stated: “We […]

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TCADP June 2018 Alert: Pursuing justice

In this edition of our monthly e-newsletter, you’ll find information about two scheduled executions in June, as well as recent developments in the death penalty cases of Alfred Dewayne Brown and Paul David Storey, among others. We’ve also included a link to a new memoir from Michelle Lyons, who witnessed nearly 300 executions during her tenure with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

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State of Texas executes Juan Castillo

Yesterday, May 16, the State of Texas executed Juan Castillo for the 2003 murder of Tommy Garcia, Jr. in Bexar County. Despite significant evidence of false testimony, both the United States Supreme Court and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals rejected Castillo’s final appeal. Castillo’s petition for clemency was denied by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. […]

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