In this edition of our monthly newsletter, you’ll find updates on scheduled executions and other Texas death penalty cases, a new report on exonerations in 2019, and recommended films, podcasts and other popular media on the death penalty.
In an order issued on April 1, 2020, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals determined that the execution of Fabian Hernandez, which was scheduled for April 23, “should be stayed at the present time.” He was sentenced to death for the murders of his estranged wife, Renee Hernandez, and Arturo Fonseca in El Paso in 2006. […]
The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting use of the death penalty and individuals on death row in Texas. In this blog post, you’ll find an update on recent developments as well as actions you can take (from home) in support. Recent death penalty developments Two men were scheduled to be executed by the State of Texas […]
Today, March 19, 2020, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (“CCA”) granted a 60-day stay of execution to Tracy Beatty due to the global pandemic. Beatty was scheduled to be executed on March 25, 2020. Five years ago, he received a stay from the CCA after his attorneys argued Beatty received deficient legal help at his […]
Today, March 16, 2020, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (“CCA”) granted a 60-day stay of execution “on its own motion” to John Hummel, who was scheduled to be put to death on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. The order came about an hour after the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles unanimously rejected Hummel’s application […]
In this edition of our monthly newsletter, you’ll find information about the 22nd state to abolish the death penalty, as well as updates on significant Texas death penalty cases and coverage of the TCADP 2020 Annual Conference. We also have an issued an action alert for John Hummel, who is scheduled to be executed on March 18, 2020.
Advocates from across Texas will gather this Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the Whitley Theological Center on the campus of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio for the 22nd annual conference of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP). This event, 2020 Vision for Texas: A Leap Towards Justice, will feature workshops, a keynote address by family members of Rodney Reed, and a panel discussion with current and former District Attorneys of Bexar County.
Last night, the State of Texas executed Abel Ochoa after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider his petition and rejected his motion for a stay. He was the second person put to death in Texas this year and the third nationwide. Seven more executions are scheduled through May.