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State of Texas Executes Douglas Feldman

Last night, July 31, 2013, the State of Texas executed Douglas Feldman for the 1998 road-rage slayings of truck drivers Nicholas Velasquez, 62, and Robert Everett, 36, in two separate incidents.  A graduate of Southern Methodist University and former financial analyst, Feldman was convicted in Dallas County. Read more about the case from CBS News/the Associated […]

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State of Texas Executes Vaughn Ross

On July 18, 2013, the State of Texas put Vaughn Ross to death for the 2001 murders of Douglas Birdsall, 53, and Viola Ross, 18, in Lubbock.  Prior to the execution, Mr. Birdsall’s son, Nathaniel, told the Lubbock-Avalanche Journal, “My father raised me to believe that capital punishment is unjust. I am saddened that the loss of […]

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State of Texas Executes John Manuel Quintanilla Jr.

On July 16, 2013, the State of Texas put John Manuel Quintanilla Jr. to death for the 2002 murder of Victor Billings, a former Jackson County chief deputy, during a robbery in Victoria, Texas.  The U.S. Supreme Court denied two earlier appeals, regarding a claim that Mr. Quintanilla’s confession was coerced, as well as ineffective assistance […]

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Case Updates: Kimberly McCarthy, Rigoberto Avila, and Duane Buck

It’s been an eventful week for Texas death penalty cases.  On Tuesday, June 20, Kimberly McCarthy’s attorney filed an appeal to the Dallas trial court and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in an attempt to stop her execution, which is scheduled to occur next Wednesday, June 26.  If it proceeds, it will be the […]

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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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State of Texas Executes Jeffrey Williams

On May 15, 2015, the State of Texas put Jeffrey Williams to death for the murder of plainclothes Houston police officer Troy Blando in 1999 while being arrested for stealing a car.  The U.S. Supreme Court denied his last appeal regarding a claim of ineffective assistance of counsel.  Read more from the Associated Press, via the […]

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Three Texas Executions Scheduled in May

The State of Texas is scheduled to carry out the following executions in May: On May 7, Carroll Parr is scheduled to be put to death for the 2003 drug-related robbery and killing of Joel Dominguez in Waco.  According to a 2012 article in the Houston Chronicle, Parr sought to end his appeals. *Update* Parr […]