In this edition of our monthly e-newsletter, you’ll find information about recent death penalty developments in Bexar, Dallas, and Harris Counties, as well as upcoming events in Fort Worth and San Antonio.
Last night, the State of Texas executed Danny Bible for the 1979 assault and murder of Inez Deaton in Houston. The case went unsolved for nearly 20 years. Bible was convicted and sentenced to death in 2003 after being arrested in 1998 for another crime. Upon his arrest, he confessed to killing Deaton. Read more from the Texas […]
Despite a groundswell of support from a broad coalition, as well as an acknowledgment of Bobby Moore’s intellectual disability by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled last week that Moore should not be exempt from the death penalty.
Late in the day on Friday, March 2, 2018, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced the discovery of an email proving that prosecutors knowingly withheld critical evidence in the death penalty case of Alfred Dewayne Brown – evidence that supported Brown’s consistent claim of innocence. Brown was released from death row in June 2015 […]
Yesterday, January 18, 2018, the State of Texas executed Anthony Shore for multiple murders in Harris County in the 1980s and 1990s. Sentenced in November 2004, Shore was the last white defendant to receive a death sentence in Harris County. Shore’s execution was the first to occur in Texas and the United States this year. Harris County accounts […]
On January 18, the State of Texas is scheduled to execute Anthony Shore for multiple murders in Harris County in the 1980s and 1990s. Sentenced in November 2004, Shore is the last white defendant to receive a death sentence in Harris County. In October 2017, he received a 90-day reprieve due to his possible involvement in another case. According […]
Executions and death sentences remained near-historic lows in 2017, according to a new report from the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP). Texas executed only seven people in 2017, matching 2016 for the lowest number of executions in two decades, and jurors voted for death in only four cases. For the first time since 1985, Harris County was not responsible for any of this year’s executions.
This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Ayesta v. Davis. Carlos Ayestas is a Honduran national who was sentenced to death in Harris County in 1997 for his role in the 1995 murder of 67-year-old Santiaga Paneque during an apparent robbery. During his original trial, Ayestas’ attorneys failed to […]