Today the Travis County District Attorney’s Office announced that it will not seek another death sentence for Cathy Lynn Henderson, who will be retried on charges of capital murder in the death of three-month-old Brandon Baugh in 1994. According to the Austin American-Statesman (“Death penalty ruled out for Henderson,” September 9, 2013), “Henderson was granted […]
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.
On Friday, May 20, 2011, a Travis County jury sentenced Areli Carbajal Escobar to death for the murder and sexual assault of Bianca Maldonado in 2009. According to the Austin American-Statesman (“Escobar sentenced to death for slaying of 17-year-old,” May 20, 2011), it took the jury about 2.5 hours to decide whether “there is a probability Escobar […]
On Wednesday, March 10, 2010, Milton Dwayne Gobert was sentenced to death in the 2003 killing of Mel Kernena Cotton in North Austin. Gobert is the first new death sentence to be handed down from Texas juries this year. Although it is unique for a capital punishment sentence to come from Travis County, Gobert will […]