On Monday, June 8, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court remanded the death penalty case of Terence Andrus to Texas for further review, finding that his trial attorney provided inadequate and deficient legal representation. Among his many failings were neglecting to investigate or present readily-available mitigating evidence of Andrus’s troubled upbringing, which could have persuaded the jury to spare his life.
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 […]
The State of Texas executed TaiChin Preyor at 9:03 PM last night, July 27, 2017, after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his final appeal. Preyor was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of 20-year-old Jamie Tackett in 2004 in San Antonio. Preyor received appalling legal representation during his appeals from a disbarred attorney […]
The State of Texas is scheduled to put TaiChin Preyor to death tonight, Thursday, July 27, 2017, for the murder of 20-year-old Jamie Tackett in 2004 in San Antonio. If it proceeds, Preyor’s execution would be the first to occur in Texas since March and the second out of Bexar County this year. Bexar County […]
The State of Texas is scheduled to put Taichin Preyor to death on Thursday, July 27, 2017 for the murder of 20-year-old Jamie Tackett in 2004 in San Antonio. If it proceeds, Preyor’s execution would be the first to take place in Texas since March and the second out of Bexar County this year. Bexar […]
Yesterday, June 19, 2017, on the final day of its October 2016 term, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Davila v. Davis, a Texas death penalty case. The Justices ruled 5-4 against Davila, finding that the Constitution does not guarantee the right to counsel in post-conviction proceedings, let alone effective assistance of counsel. According […]
On Tuesday, January 31, a federal district court in Corpus Christi granted a stay of execution to John Ramirez. Ramirez was scheduled to be executed on February 2, 2017 for the 2004 murder of Pablo Castro.U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos granted the stay based on Ramirez’s claims of ineffective counsel by his previous court-appointed […]