Texas Coalition To Abolish The Death Penalty


The State of Texas is scheduled to carry out one execution this month:

  • Derrick Charles is scheduled to be put to death on May 12, 2015.  He was convicted of killing his 15-year-old girlfriend, Myiesha Bennett, her mother, Brenda Bennett, and her grandfather, Obie Lee Bennett, in 2002 in Harris County.  Charles was 19 years old at the time.

The State of Texas has carried out six executions to date in 2015.  Two individuals scheduled to be executed last month – Robert Pruett and Richard Vasquez – received stays.  Six people have received stays of execution this year, although the stay granted to Lester Bower by the U.S. Supreme Court has been lifted and his execution rescheduled for June 3, 2015.  At this time, no executions have been scheduled past June 18, 2015.

Attend a vigil in your community on the day of executions in Texas. Information and updates on cases are available on our website and through Facebook and Twitter.

Information and updates on these cases are available on TCADP’s website.


Advocacy at the 84th Texas Legislature

“The death penalty has worn out its welcome.”  That’s the message Anthony Graves delivered to members of the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence during his riveting testimony last week in support of House Bill 1527.  The hearing on HB 1527 – State Representative Jessica Farrar’s abolition bill – took place on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. Anthony went on to tell the committee the death penalty does not work and the fact that he spent 18 years in prison, including 12.5 years on death row, and faced 2 execution dates should concern all of us.

MFSA was pleased to hear Mr. Graves speak at our 2014 Annual Conference Luncheon.


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