Notes from the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty:
Thanks to everyone who has sent letters to, faxed, or called the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles and Governor Rick Perry to request a reprieve for Anthony Bartee. Bartee has received a reprieve so that DNA testing can be conducted on two strands of hair found in the hands of the victim, David Cook. According to the Associated Press and reported in the Houston Chronicle, State District Judge Mary Roman withdrew the execution warrant earlier this week. Bartee had been scheduled for execution on February 28, 2012.
According to Rico Valdez, an assistant Bexar County district attorney who handles capital case appeals, “What we’re doing now is looking into which labs are capable of doing the testing in the shortest amount of time.”
Read the full article in the Houston Chronicle.
George Rivas is scheduled to be executed by the State of Texas on Wednesday, February 29, 2012. Please consider attending a vigil in your area to express your opposition to the death penalty and to reflect on all those impacted by this punishment and violence in our society.