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Texas state district judge withdraws execution order for Perry Eugene Williams

On Wednesday, July 6, a Texas state district judge withdrew the execution order for Perry Eugene Williams, who was scheduled to be put to death Thursday, July 14 for the 2000 murder of Houston medical student Matthew Carter.  Williams’ execution was delayed indefinitely after state officials failed to provide testing results for the purity of lethal […]

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State of Texas executes Pablo Vasquez

The State of Texas executed Pablo Vasquez on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. He was convicted of killing 12-year-old David Cardenas in 1998 in Donna, Texas (Hidalgo County). Vasquez was 20 years old at the time of the crime. Vasquez was the the sixth person executed in Texas this year.  To date, there have been 11 […]

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State of Texas executes Adam Ward

“I feel it.”  Those were the last words of Adam Ward, who was put to death by the State of Texas last night after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his appeal for a stay of execution.  Ward’s attorneys argued he should be exempt from execution based on evidence of his severe mental illness. According to […]

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State of Texas scheduled to execute Adam Ward

*Update* The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected Adam Ward’s appeal for a stay of execution based on evidence of his severe mental illness. Tonight, the State of Texas is scheduled to execute Adam Ward for killing Commerce Code Enforcement Officer Michael “Pee Wee” Walker in 2005 in Hunt County.  Ward was 22 years old at […]

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State of Texas Executes Coy Wesbrook

Last night, the State of Texas carried out its fourth execution of the year, putting Coy Wesbrook to death for the murders of his ex-wife, Gloria Coons, and Antonio Cruz in 1997 in Channelview (Harris County).  Wesbrook killed three other people during the same incident.  According to Reuters, the execution was delayed by about two […]

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State of Texas scheduled to execute Coy Wesbrook

Tonight the State of Texas is scheduled to carry out its fourth execution of the year.  Coy Wesbrook – who goes by the nickname “Elvis” – was sentenced to death for the murders of his ex-wife, Gloria Coons, and Antonio Cruz in 1997 in Channelview (Harris County).  He killed three other people that night, as […]

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State of Texas executes James Freeman

Last night, January 27,  the State of Texas executed James Freeman for the murder of Game Warden Justin Hurst after a police chase in 2007 in Wharton County. His 2008 trial was the first death penalty case in Wharton since 1979 and he was the first person from the county to be executed. Freeman’s lawyers argued that their […]

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State of Texas executes Richard Masterson

The State of Texas carried out its first execution of the year last night, putting Richard Masterson to death by lethal injection for the 2001 murder of Darin Honeycutt in Houston. According to the Texas Tribune, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court both denied last-minute requests for stays of execution.  One […]