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.
Two Texas executions scheduled to take place over the next two weeks have been halted. On Friday, October 4, 2019, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) granted a motion for a stay of execution filed by attorneys for Randy Halprin, who had been scheduled for execution on October 10, 2019. Also last week, a trial court withdrew the execution date of Randall Mays to examine his claim of mental incompetence.
The State of Texas executed Robert Sparks on September 25 after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his final appeal. Although Justice Sonia Sotomayor agreed with the decision to deny a stay of execution, she noted she found it “deeply troubling” that a bailiff was allowed to wear a tie depicting a syringe during Sparks’ trial. […]
In this edition of our monthly newsletter, you’ll find information about the three executions scheduled by the State of Texas in September, as well as important news related to the death penalty out of Dallas and Houston.
Today, April 8, 2019, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ordered a stay of execution for Mark Robertson. He was scheduled to be put to death on Thursday, April 11, after more than 28 years on death row in Texas. According to the Texas Tribune, “His appellate lawyers asked the Texas court to stop his […]