In this edition of our monthly alert, you’ll find information about Texas executions, U.S. Supreme Court developments, updates on the 86th Texas Legislature, and details on special events taking place around the state.
Update, 1/31/2019: Last night, the State of Texas carried out the nation’s first execution of the year, putting Robert Jennings to death for the 1988 murder of Houston Police Officer Elston Howard. The U.S. Supreme Court rejected his final appeals less than an hour before his execution. Read more from the Texas Tribune.***Original post, 1/30/2019: […]
Update as of 1:30 PM: The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) has stopped the state’s first scheduled execution of the year, pointing to changes in bite mark science and laws regarding intellectual disability and the death penalty, per the Texas Tribune. The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2017 ruling in Moore v. Texas found the state of […]
In this edition of our monthly newsletter, you’ll find information about two executions scheduled by the State of Texas in January, as well as a recap of media coverage of our report, Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2018: The Year in Review.
On December 14, 2018, the Death Penalty Information Center released its 2018 year-end report, detailing death penalty developments across the nation. The report notes that 2018 marked the fourth consecutive year with fewer than 30 executions and less than 50 new death sentences. Other significant developments include: Use of the death penalty remained at historic […]
In the last execution in Texas this year, the State put Alvin Braziel, Jr. to death on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. He was convicted of killing Doug White and raping Lora White in Mesquite in 1993. Braziel was 18 at the time of the crime. Braziel was not linked to the crime until 2001, when […]
The State of Texas executed Joseph Garcia on December 4, 2018 after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected several legal challenges filed by his attorneys. He was convicted and sentenced to death in 2003 under Texas’ law of parties for the murder of Officer Aubrey Hawkins, despite the fact that no evidence directly tied him to the […]
The State of Texas is scheduled to execute Joseph Garcia tonight, December 4, 2018. In December 2000, Garcia and six other inmates escaped from a maximum-security prison south of San Antonio, where he was serving time on a murder charge that Garcia has long maintained was self-defense. While robbing a sporting goods store in Irving […]