According to a new report from the National Registry of Exonerations, 139 wrongfully convicted individuals were exonerated in 2017. This includes four people who had been sentenced to death. The leading cause in last year’s exonerations was official misconduct, particularly concealing exculpatory evidence.
Tonight, October 12, 2017, the State of Texas executed Robert Pruett after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his two remaining appeals. Pruett steadfastly maintained his innocence of the 1999 murder of Corrections Officer Daniel Nagle. This case bears many of the hallmarks of wrongful convictions: no physical evidence tied Pruett to the crime scene; unreliable […]
The death penalty landscape continues to shift in Texas, with no executions occurring here since April 6, 2016. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA), the state’s highest criminal court, has stopped the last four scheduled executions; it also halted two other executions earlier in the summer. According to Chuck Lindell with the Austin American-Statesman, […]
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has stayed the execution of Robert Pruett “pursuant to the appeal pending in the DNA case.” Pruett was scheduled to be executed on August 23rd despite significant doubts about the reliability of his conviction. He has steadfastly maintained his innocence in the murder of Corrections Officer Daniel Nagle in the […]
The State of Texas seeks to execute Robert Pruett on August 23rd despite significant doubts about the reliability of his conviction. Pruett has steadfastly maintained his innocence in the murder of Corrections Officer Daniel Nagle in the McConnell Unit in Beeville, Texas in 1999. No physical evidence connects him with the crime, and recent DNA […]
Clifton Williams received a stay hours before his scheduled execution. He was scheduled to be put to death July 16, 2015 for the 2005 murder of a 93-year-old woman at her home during a robbery in Tyler, Texas. The stay was granted to allow time “to examine whether incorrect FBI statistics regarding DNA probabilities in […]
Robert Pruett has received a stay of execution to allow for more DNA testing of evidence. He was scheduled to be put to death this evening for the 1999 murder of correctional officer Daniel Nagle at the McConnell Unit in Beeville. He received a stay of execution in 2013 after prosecutors agreed to a request for […]
Earlier today, the jury in the capital murder trial of Willie Roy Jenkins sentenced him to death for the 1975 murder of Sheryl Ann Norris in San Marcos. It was the first new death sentence in Hays County in 20 years and occurred after nearly two weeks of testimony in the punishment phase of the trial, according […]