Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

Upcoming events

October 29 to November 14, 2019: The Texas tour of “The Penalty” continues this week, with public screenings in San Marcos, San Antonio and Houston. http://www.thepenaltyfilm.com/screenings

November 13, 2019: TCADP San Antonio chapter meeting, 6:30 PM

February 29, 2020TCADP 2020 Annual Conference.  Registration now open!

Click here for details on these and other upcoming events.

Executions in 2019

Scheduled (4)
November 6: Justen Hall
November 13: Patrick Murphy Contact the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles
November 20: Rodney Reed – Sign this petition by the Innocence Project
December 11: Travis Runnels

Executed (7)
January 30: Robert Jennings
February 28: Billie Wayne Coble
April 24: John King
August 21: Larry Swearingen
September 4: Billy Crutsinger
September 10: Mark Anthony Soliz
September 25: Robert Sparks

Stays Granted/Dates Withdrawn (10)
January 14: Blaine Milam (execution scheduled for 1/15/19; stay granted by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals)
March 28: Patrick Murphy, Jr. (execution scheduled for 3/28/19; stay granted by the U.S. Supreme Court)
April 8: Mark Robertson (execution scheduled for 04/11/19; stay granted by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals)
April 30 and August 14: Dexter Johnson (execution scheduled for May 2 – stay granted by a federal judge; execution rescheduled for August 15 – stay granted by the Fifth Circuit on August 14)
September 23: Stephen Barbee (execution scheduled for 10/2/19; stay granted by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals)
October 3: Randall Mays (execution scheduled for 10/16/19; date withdrawn by trial court)
October 4: Randy Halprin (execution scheduled for 10/10/19; stay granted by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals)
October 22: Ruben Gutierrez (execution scheduled for 10/30/19; stay granted by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals; an earlier date of July 31 also was withdrawn

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TCADP August 2019 Alert: Texas schedules 11 executions

August 1, 2019  Kristin

In this edition:

Scheduled executions and case updates: The State of Texas is scheduled to put 11 people to death before the end of the year, including two executions this month; federal executions set for first time since 2003; prosecutors take the death penalty off the table in two cases; El Paso death row inmate dies of natural causes

In case you missed it: Faith leaders call for clergy to be allowed in the execution chamber; Texas legislators form House Criminal Justice Reform Caucus; remembering former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens

New resource: “The Penalty” documentary film now available on Amazon

Featured event: TCADP’s San Antonio Chapter will meet on August 14

Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

The State of Texas is scheduled to execute two individuals in April:

  • On April 11, 2019, Mark Robertson, 50, is scheduled to be executed for the 1989 murder of Edna Brau in Dallas County.  In his 1991 trial, he also received two life sentences for the murder of Sean Hill, Brau’s grandson, and Jeffrey Saunders, a convenience store clerk.  His appellate attorneys have argued that the jury never heard mitigating evidence about his past because of his trial attorneys’ failure to properly investigate.  Additionally, they claim that a Texas prison warden gave false testimony about Robertson’s potential security classification in prison if he received life without parole.
  • On April 24, 2019, John William King, 44, is scheduled to be executed for his role in the racially-motivated dragging death of James Byrd, Jr. in 1998.  King, along with two other men, Shawn Berry and Lawrence Russell Brewer, were convicted of chaining Byrd by his ankles to the bumper of a pickup truck and fatally dragging him three miles on the outskirts of Jasper in East Texas. Berry is currently serving a life sentence; Brewer was executed in 2011.  In 2009, Congress passed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act in response to Byrd’s murder.

Update on Patrick Murphy
On March 28, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court stayed Patrick Murphy’s execution based on his complaint of religious discrimination.  The stay came more than two hours after the execution was set to take place.  The Texas Department of Criminal Justice had denied Murphy’s request to have a Buddhist priest instead of a Christian chaplain in the execution chamber.  In concurring in the grant of application for a stay, Justice Kavanaugh wrote that such governmental discrimination against religion violates the Constitution.

Texas is responsible for two of the three executions nationwide thus far in 2019.  Two executions have been stayed.  A total of five executions currently are scheduled to take place in Texas through September.

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

 

Read more at https://tcadp.org/

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Alfred Dewayne Brown deemed “actually innocent”

Alfred Dewayne Brown was declared “actually innocent” today by the Harris County District Attorney’s (DA) Office.   DA Kim Ogg accepted the findings of a special prosecutor appointed by her office in May 2018 to investigate the case.

Brown was released from death row in 2015 after prosecutors dismissed the charges against him.  In 2014, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) overturned his conviction due to evidence of prosecutorial misconduct.  Since then, he has fought for compensation from the State of Texas for his wrongful incarceration.  Although phone records withheld by the prosecution corroborated Brown’s alibi, he was not declared officially innocent (until today) and was thereby ineligible for compensation.

Brown spent a decade on death row for the murder of Houston Police Officer Charles R. Clark at a check-cashing business in 2003.  He is the 13th person exonerated and released from death row in Texas.  Nationally, 164 people have been exonerated and released from death row.

Read the statement from the Harris County District Attorney’s Office here:
https://app.dao.hctx.net/special-prosecutors-report-state-texas-v-alfred-dewayne-brown

Read the full report from Special Prosecutor John Raley here:
http://2019-03-01 Report of Special Prosecutor re Brown_Final_.pdf 

Read coverage of today’s developments from the Texas Tribune:
https://www.texastribune.org/2019/03/01/alfred-dewayne-brown-innocent-death-row/

 

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TCADP 2019 Annual Conference

TCADP’s Annual Conference is a one-day event geared towards anyone interested in learning about the death penalty and becoming involved in our efforts.  It features a panel discussion, workshops, a keynote address, and the presentation of our annual awards.  You don’t want to miss this opportunity to connect with advocates from across the state and hear about the progress we are making towards ending the death penalty in Texas!
The TCADP 2019 Annual Conference will take place on Saturday, February 16, 2019 in downtown Austin. Registration includes breakfast and the awards luncheon.  Tickets are available for the luncheon and keynote address for those who can attend only part of the day. We accept cash, check, or credit card as payment.

 

You can also register for the conference through your TCADP profile in the givi app.

Contact khoule@tcadp.org if you have any problems with this registration form or questions about the conference.

Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

Join the European Union, the German Consulate General Houston, and TCADP on Thursday, November 15, 2018 for the Houston debut of “True Conviction,” followed by a panel discussion with exonerees, Christopher Scott and Steven Phillips.  University of Houston-Downtown, 7:00 to 9:00 PM. RSVP here.

Register for the TCADP 2019 Annual Conference, which will take place on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at St. David’s Episcopal Church in downtown Austin.

Click here for more information on all upcoming events.

Executions in 2018

Scheduled
November 14: Robert Moreno Ramos
December 4: Joseph Garcia
December 11: Alvin Braziel, Jr.

Executed
January 18: Anthony Shore
January 30: William Rayford
February 1: John Battaglia
March 27: Rosendo Rodriguez
April 25: Erick Davila
May 16: Juan Castillo
June 27: Danny Bible
July 17: Chris Young
September 26: Troy Clark
September 27: Daniel Acker

Commuted
February 22: Thomas Whitaker

Stay Granted or Date Withdrawn
Clifton Williams (scheduled for 6/21)
Ruben Gutierrez (scheduled for 9/12)
Juan Segundo (scheduled for 10/10)
Kwame Rockwell (scheduled for 10/24)
Emanuel Kemp (scheduled for 11/7)

Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

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

In case you missed it

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 joe.moody@house.texas.gov 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.