U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals stays execution of Dexter Johnson

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has granted a stay of execution to Dexter Johnson, less than 24 hours before he was scheduled to be put to death, based on evidence of his intellectual disability. It is the second time in five months a federal court has intervened in this case and stopped Johnson’s execution.

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5th Circuit Court of Appeals Stays the Execution of Scott Panetti

BREAKING: The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has stayed the execution of Scott Panetti, who had been scheduled for execution in Texas tonight at 6 p.m. CT. Below is a statement from Mr. Panetti’s legal team, Greg Wiercioch of University of Wisconsin Law School and Kathryn Kase of Texas Defender Service, followed by background about […]

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5th Circuit Deems Scott Panetti Competent for Execution

This week, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Texas death row inmate Scott Panetti is competent to be executed.  Panetti was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1992 murder of his in-laws, Joe and Amanda Alvarado.  Kerr County District Judge Stephen Ables allowed Panetti to represent himself despite his long, documented history of […]

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State of Texas Executes Elroy Chester, Moves Closer to 500th Execution Since 1982

Last night, June 12, 2013, the State of Texas executed Elroy Chester for the 1998 shooting death of Port Arthur firefighter Willie Ryman III, who discovered Chester sexually assaulting his nieces during a home invasion.  He was convicted in Jefferson County.  Chester pled guilty to Ryman’s murder and admitted to four other slayings during a six-month crime […]

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