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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]