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State of Texas scheduled to execute James Bigby

Tonight, March 14, 2017,  the State of Texas is scheduled to execute James Bigby for the 1987 murders of Michael R. Trekell and Jayson Kehler in Tarrant County. According to his attorney, John Stickels, Bigby has no appeals pending. In 2005, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Bigby’s death sentence after finding that the jury […]

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5th Circuit Deems Scott Panetti Competent for Execution

This week, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Texas death row inmate Scott Panetti is competent to be executed.  Panetti was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1992 murder of his in-laws, Joe and Amanda Alvarado.  Kerr County District Judge Stephen Ables allowed Panetti to represent himself despite his long, documented history of […]