The State of Texas has put eight individuals to death this year, accounting for more than half of the executions nationwide and surpassing the total number of people put to death in 2017. There are currently seven additional executions scheduled to take place in Texas through December.
According to the Texas Tribune, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) recently purchased 15 new doses of pentobarbital, the drug used in lethal injections. In June, the Texas Supreme Court declined to overturn a lower court ruling that a pharmacy that supplied drugs to TDCJ in 2014 must be revealed under the state’s public information law. The state has filed a motion for rehearing.
Executions Scheduled in 2018
September 12: Ruben Gutierrez
September 26: Troy Clark
September 27: Daniel Acker
October 10: Juan Segundo
October 24: Kwame Rockwell
November 7: Emanuel Kemp
December 4: Joseph Garcia
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Former prosecutor, committee chairman supports abolition
State Representative Joe Moody, who represents House District 78 in El Paso and serves as the Chairman of the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, recently published a powerful opinion piece explaining why he has “moved from longtime support of capital punishment to the moral certainty that it’s time for Texas to abolish the death penalty.”
The piece has been published in the Texas Tribune (TribTalk), the El Paso Times, and the Austin-American Statesman. Thank Representative Moody for his leadership by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org or posting a supportive comment on one of the media outlets listed above.
September 12: Public lecture by exoneree Anthony Graves, University of Incarnate Word, San Antonio. Download the flier.