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Rodney Reed
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Execution
A judge ordered additional testing on crime-scene evidence during the same hearing at which he gave Reed a death date. Reed was convicted in the 1996 strangling death of a young woman. Anti-death penalty groups and family members have lobbied for a new trial for Reed in light of evidence pointing to other suspects.

Richard Vasquez
Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Execution
The Corpus Christi man was condemned in the 1998 fatal beating of his girlfriend's 4-year-old daughter. His death sentence survived years of appeals, even though a federal appeals court described his trial attorneys' performance at sentencing as "deficient," citing their failure to uncover Vasquez's own childhood abuse, which the court called "a frightening portrait of addiction and destruction." As a child, Vasquez was taught by his father to use and sell heroin. Vasquez was addicted by age 13.

Arnold Prieto
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Execution
Convicted in the and murder of three people, including Prieto's great uncle and aunt, in Carrollton. The three assailants fled with money and jewelry stolen from the home.

Garcia White
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Execution
Sent to death row for the 1989 slayings of 16-year-old twin sisters with whom he had an argument while smoking crack cocaine at their home. White asserted in appeals that jury selection, jury instructions, his statements to police, and the judge's punishment charge were all improper. During White's trial, Houston Police analysts testified that DNA from the crime scene matched his. But retest results made public in 2004 by the prosecutor's office indicated a private lab was unable to duplicate the results.

Donald Newbury
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Execution
While serving a 99-year sentence for robbery, he joined six fellow prisoners in escaping from the John B. Connally Unit near Kenedy, Texas, on December 13, 2000. He and other escapees were convicted of shooting to death an Irving police officer as they fled after robbing a store.

Lester Bower, Jr.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Execution
One of the longest-serving prisoners on Texas death row, Bower was convicted in the execution-style shooting deaths of four men in an airplane hangar in Sherman, Texas, in 1984.

Manuel Vasquez
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Execution
Sentenced to die for strangling to death a 51-year-old woman in San Antonio in 1998 in a hit ordered by the Mexican Mafia because the woman refused to pay the gang. Vasquez's previous execution date of Aug. 6 was delayed at the request of his lawyer, who said he had fallen "behind schedule" in filing paperwork, including clemency petitions.

Randall Mays
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Execution
Condemned in the slaying of a sheriff's deputy during a shootout that took place in 2007 after Mays barricaded himself inside his home in Payne Springs, about 55 miles southeast of Dallas. He argued unsuccessfully on appeal that he had insufficient legal representation at his trial and that his execution would be unconstitutional because he is mentally ill.

Manuel Garza Jr.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Execution
Convicted in the 2001 slaying of a San Antonio police officer after a foot chase in which the men struggled and Garza grabbed the officer's gun, then shot him, according to court documents. His trial attorneys said he acted in self defense. Appellate lawyers said his trial attorneys failed to properly question jurors about their opinions on the death penalty, didn't submit enough mitigating evidence and weren't able to include complaints of excessive use of force that had been filed against the officer.

 
Past Executions
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Miguel Paredes
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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Execution
Convicted of acting with John Saenz and Greg Alvarado in 2000 to shoot and kill three people in San Antonio. Paredes was one of 20 children born to poor, Mexican-immigrant parents. While in prison, he wrote Part 3 of a series called, "Letter to a Future Death Row Inmate." The text of his letter and a link to his his artwork are at http://minutesbeforesix.blogspot.com/2010/09/letters-to-future-death-row-inmate-part.html
Backpage on Miguel Paredes
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Larry Hatten
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Execution
Condemned following his conviction in the 1995 shooting death of a boy in Corpus Christi. His execution date was set after he wrote to his lawyer earlier this year, instructing him to drop all appeals. A court-ordered evaluation determined that Hatten was mentally competent to request the speeding up of his own death. Two days before his scheduled execution, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued a reprieve, ordering his trial court to resolve within the next six months a 1997 filing that was never decided.
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Lisa Coleman
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Execution
Received an execution date after the U.S. Supreme Court refused in February 2014 to review her appeal. She was convicted of having a role in the 2004 death of her live-in girlfriend's son near Fort Worth. The girlfriend, Marcella Williams, who was 14 when she had the child, was also charged with capital murder but pleaded guilty in exchange for a life sentence. The death of the 9-year-old was among the cases cited when the Legislature passed a bill in 2005 overhauling the state’s protective services agencies.
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Willie Trottie
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
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Execution
Condemned in the 1993 shooting deaths of his common-law wife and her brother. Trottie was shot five times during the incident in Houston. He maintained on appeal that he fired in self defense. According to Trottie, at least one witness could have corroborated this, had they been called as a witness at his trial.
Backpage on Willie Trottie
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Manuel Vasquez
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Execution
Convicted of participating, along with two others, in the 1998 slaying of a drug dealer in San Antonio. Vasquez argued on appeal that the state offered insufficient evidence to corroborate the testimony of a co-defendant who received a non-death sentence for testifying against the others. DNA testing of physical evidence failed to link Vasquez to the crime.
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Robert Lynn Pruett
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Execution
Sentenced to death in the slaying of a correctional officer, despite a lack of physical evidence linking him to the 1999 crime and conflicting accounts of it. Pruett received a stay of execution in 2013 to allow testing on a partial palm print and DNA evidence found at the scene. A judge rescheduled Pruett's execution date after ruling that the test results would not have changed a jury's decision. The results were reported to be inconclusive.
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Robert Campbell
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Execution
Convicted in the abduction and murder of Alexandra Rendon in Houston in January 1991. The case made headlines again in 2005, when investigators discovered about 150 pieces of misplaced evidence, including a cigarette butt that was collected at the scene of the Rendon murder but never brought to the attention of Campbell's trial attorneys.
Backpage on Robert Campbell
Guests:
·Kevin Barry
The Connecticut Supreme Court is poised to be the first court in nearly a century to rule on whether state can outlaw the death penalty for new crimes yet keep it on the books for those already committed. Qunnipiac University Law Professor Kevin Barry predicts, in an essay for the Social Science Research Network, that the executions will be allowed to go forward. Other states that face this question following repeal legislation include New Mexico, Maryland, Kansas and Delaware.
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Jose Villegas
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Execution
Condemned in the slayings of his ex-girlfriend, her son and her mother. Villegas lost his fight to delay his execution date when a Corpus Christi district court judge ruled on April 7, 2014, against his attorneys' assertions that he was unstable and not mentally competent to understand what he was doing when he committed the stabbings in 2001. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Constitution prohibits the execution of anyone deemed mentally incompetent.
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Ramiro Hernandez
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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Execution
A native of the state of Tamaulipas in northern Mexico, he was convicted in the Oct. 15, 1997, beating death of a man in Kerrville. Appellate attorneys from the Cornell Death Penalty Project have argued that Hernandez, who literally grew up on a toxic waste dump, is mentally retarded and therefore ineligible for execution.
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Tommy Sells
Thursday, April 3, 2014
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Execution
The Oakland, California, native was convicted in the slaying of a teenage girl in Del Rio on New Year's Eve 1999. Under questioning by police, Sells took responsibility for dozens of slayings around the country, though his appellate lawyers asserted that detectives pressured him to make the grandiose statements. They also argued that his attorneys failed to represent him effectively at trial and early in the appeals process.
Backpage on Tommy Sells
Guests:
·Richard Nevels
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Anthony Doyle
Thursday, March 27, 2014
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Execution
Convicted of beating to death a doughnut delivery woman in suburban Dallas at the age of 18. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals turned down his appeal in July 2013, rejecting arguments that his confession was involuntary, that he had deficient legal help at his trial and that his sentence was unconstitutional.
Backpage on Anthony Doyle
Guests:
·Kelly Epstein
·Dwayne Bennett
For the past year has acted as an advocate for death-row prisoner Rodney Reed and another condemned prisoner.
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Ray Jasper
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
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Execution
A rap artist born in the Netherlands, Jasper was 18 when, according to police, he and two others committed a 1998 robbery in which a business partner of Jasper's who owned a San Antonio recording studio was killed and his equipment stolen. Two other men charged in the slaying received life sentences. Jasper's attorneys argued that a potential juror at his January 2000 trial was excluded improperly because he, like Jasper, was black. They also contended that Jasper had poor legal help at his trial.
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Suzanne Basso
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
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Execution
Convicted as the leader of a group of six that lured a developmentally disabled man from New Jersey to Texas in 1999, kidnapped him, and beat him to death as part of a plan to obtain his life insurance benefits. Defense attorneys argued on appeal that Basso's trial attorneys did not present a key expert witness who would have given evidence about her background. The attorneys also said the judge's instructions to the jury were improper.
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Edgar Tamayo
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
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Execution
Convicted in the shooting death of Houston police officer Guy P. Gaddis. Officer Gaddis was flagged down outside a southwest Houston night club by a man Tamayo had robbed minutes earlier. Officer Gaddis, 24, arrested and handcuffed Tamayo and was transporting him to jail when Tamayo pulled a pistol that had gone unseen and shot the officer three times in the back of the head. The officer's patrol car ran off the road into a house at which time Tamayo kicked out a window and fled, still handcuffed. He was arrested several blocks away. Tamayo told investigators that he was angry with officer Gaddis because he wouldn't allow him to leave his keys with his wife before being transported to jail. Mexico has pleaded with Texas to delay Tamayo’s execution, saying an international treaty was violated when officers did not inform Tamayo of his right to contact the Mexican consulate and authorities failed to notify Mexico of the arrest.
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Edgardo Cubas
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Execution
Postponed to May 29, 2014 Summary of Incident (from TDCJ) On 01/19/2002 in Harris County, Texas, Cubas and co-defendants kidnapped a fifteen year old Hispanic female and took her to an open field where they sexually assaulted her and shot her in the head, resulting in her death. Co-Defendants W. Soto & E. Navarro
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Rigoberto Avila Jr.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Execution
The El Paso man was convicted of killing his girlfriend's 19-month-old son while babysitting in 2000. Avila, a Desert Storm veteran, was previously scheduled to be put to death April 10, 2013. A judge granted a delay to give defense attorneys time to explore new evidence of innocence. An earlier execution date of Dec. 12, 2012, was also stayed. (See below, "Past Executions," July 10, 2013 for more details and backpage)
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Jerry Martin
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
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Execution
While serving a 50-year term for attempted capital murder, he was condemned in connection with the 2007 death of a guard at the Wynne Unit when he and another prisoner attempted to escape. Martin was convicted of taking a guard's gun, stealing a truck and hitting a horse being ridden by a guard, who fell to her death. His execution date was set when he gave up his appeals. In the case of his co-defendant, John Falk Jr., a mistrial was declared in January 2013. Prosecutors were seeking a retrial.
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Jamie McCoskey
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
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Execution
The former Houston bartender was convicted in the 1991 kidnapping and stabbing death of a 20-year-old man in the city's Montrose neighborhood. McCoskey was one of 16 defendants who received a death sentence after the now-disgraced psychologist George Denkowski used his own, non-standard methods to conclude that none was developmentally disabled. His determination essentially ended the defendants' chances of having their death sentences declared unconstitutional. Denkowski's punishment included being barred from performing such evaluations in future.
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Arthur Brown Jr.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Execution
The Los Angeles native was convicted in the 1992 drug-related slayings of four people at a home in Houston. His accomplices were identified as Marion Dudley and Antonio Dunson. The U.S. Supreme Court refused in 1997 to review his case, but four of the nine justices signed an unusual public statement questioning a Texas law prohibiting juries in the sentencing phase of a capital trial from considering how much time the defendant would actually serve in prison if sentenced to a life term instead.
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Larry Hatten
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Execution
Condemned for fatally shooting a boy in Corpus Christi in 1995 after breaking into an apartment with the intention of shooting the boy's father over a dispute among drug dealers. Hatten was granted a new sentencing hearing in 1998 because a potential juror in his original trial was dismissed over her opposition to the death penalty. The new hearing resulted in a death sentence.
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Michael Yowell
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
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Execution
Convicted of a 1998 triple murder in Lubbock, in which Yowell's father, mother and grandmother died of injuries sustained before or during a fire at their home. Yowell's execution date has been delayed in the past, based on a claim that his trial lawyers failed to provide effective representation.
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Arturo Elizar Diaz
Thursday, September 26, 2013
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Execution
Convicted of murdering a man by stabbing him 94 times. The 1999 slaying occurred in the victim's apartment in McAllen, Texas. Authorities said Diaz and another man went to the apartment to rob the victim. On appeal, Diaz argued that his attorneys erred in the sentencing hearing by failing to call relatives to testify about his childhood, which was filled with poverty, neglect, violence and self-mutilation. The mitigating information, he argued, might have swayed a jury to spare his life. The courts rejected the argument, determining that Diaz's defense attorneys were only honoring his request that they not involve his relatives.
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Robert Garza
Thursday, September 19, 2013
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Execution
Condemned after being convicted of two capital murder charges in the 2002 shooting deaths of four women in Donna, Texas. Garza had his appeal rejected in February 2013 by the U.S. Supreme Court. According to court records, Garza was among four men who targeted six women as they left Garcia’s Bar following their shifts as waitresses. State prosecutors said another man had ordered a hit on the women because he believed they had been called to testify against him in an attempted murder case. Authorities said the men mistakenly killed the wrong women. Garza reportedly told law enforcement he witnessed the shootings and knew of the plot but did not fire a gun. A jury convicted him of the crime under the Texas law of parties, which makes it unnecessary to prove a defendant killed a victim in order to hold him or her equally responsible for the crime if a secondary role can be proven.
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Douglas Feldman
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
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Execution
The former financial analyst from Richardson, Texas, was convicted of shooting to death two truck drivers in separate road-rage incidents in 1998. A federal appeals court in September rejected Feldman's appeal, in which he claimed his trial lawyers were deficient, the jury received incorrect instructions, and a prospective juror was improperly dismissed.
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Vaughn Ross
Thursday, July 18, 2013
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Execution
A former architecture student at Texas Tech, he was condemned in the 2001 murders of an 18-year-old woman he was feuding with and a Texas Tech associate dean who happened to be with her. Ross's attorneys argued that police contaminated DNA testing by mishandling it and suggested the slayings stemmed from Birdsall's visits to "a high-crime area" to patronize prostitutes. Family members of the victims said the death sentence brought them little peace. The relatives included Birdsall's son, Nat, who opposes the death penalty and said his father did, too.
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John Quintanilla Jr.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
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Execution
Arrested in a Victoria, Texas, robbery that turned deadly, Quintanilla was convicted - along with Jeffrey Bibb - of slipping into an amusement arcade wearing a mask and brandishing a rifle, demanding cash from a worker and ordering customers to lie down on the floor. The murder victim, a former sheriff's deputy, was shot three times when he stood up and grabbed Quintanilla's weapon. Bibb and Quintanilla were charged with capital murder in the 2002 slaying. Bibb received a lengthy prison sentence.
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Rigoberto Avila Jr.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Execution
The El Paso man was convicted in the February 2000 slaying of his girlfriend's son while babysitting. Avila served in the military during Desert Storm. The execution of an El Paso man convicted in the beating death of his girlfriend's 19-month-old son in 2000 has been delayed for a 2nd time. Rigoberto Avila Jr., 40, was scheduled to be put to death April 10, 2013, when a judge granted a set-off until July 10 to give defense attorneys time to explore new evidence pointing to his innocence. An earlier execution date of Dec. 12, 2012, was also delayed by a judge. Following a court hearing this morning, 41st District Judge Anna Perez ruled additional time is necessary to allow Avila's defense attorneys to explore possible new evidence of Avila's innocence. Perez also ordered that a new execution date be scheduled for July 10. That date was withdrawn weeks later to give Avila time to litigate new scientific evidence. The U.S. Supreme Court declined in 2010 to hear his appeal.
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Kimberly McCarthy
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
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Execution
A former crack addict who was sentenced to death for the 1997 slaying of an elderly woman during a home robbery near Dallas. McCarthy, 51, is the former wife of New Black Panther Party founder Aaron Michaels, with whom she has a son. She is one of 10 women on Texas death row. Since an execution date was announced in September 2013, she has been the only woman with a scheduled execution. Three of the nearly 500 people Texas has put to death in the modern era have been women. The week before her scheduled execution April 3, 2013, McCarthy's attorneys persuaded a judge to delay it until June 26. Hours before her date several months earlier, Jan. 29, a judge put it off until April 3. Among the attorneys' assertions was that jury selection in McCarthy's trial was tainted by racism.
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Elroy Chester III
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
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Execution
A jury sentenced him to death after he pleaded guilty to the 1998 fatal shooting of a Port Arthur firefighter who was was slain after arriving at his sister's home during a robbery. Chester's attorneys argued on appeal that he is ineligible for execution because he is mentally impaired, but a divided federal appeals court upheld the sentence. Chester's previous execution date of April 24, 2013, was delayed by the trial court in response to a motion he filed.
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Robert Lynn Pruett
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Execution
An argument with a prison guard who had written him up for a minor infraction of the rules led Pruett to stab the guard to death with a shank, according to prosecutors in Corpus Christi who obtained the death penalty against him. The guard was killed in the maximum-security McConnell state prison unit in Bee County, where Pruett was serving a life sentence he began when he was 16. At the time, he was believed to be the youngest person in the state's adult prison system.
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Jefferey D. Williams
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
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Execution
Condemned in the 1999 shooting death of a Houston Police Officer who was trying to arrest him for driving a stolen Lexus. The officer was alive when backup arrived but died later of his wounds. A delay in the arrival of an ambulance sparked a probe of the Houston Fire Department's dispatching procedures. The contention was that the officer might have survived had he received treatment sooner. Investigators found that the dispatcher initially misdirected the ambulance to a location miles away.
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John Quintanilla Jr.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Execution
Arrested in a Victoria, Texas, robbery that turned deadly, Quintanilla was convicted - along with Jeffrey Bibb - of slipping into an amusement arcade wearing a mask and brandishing a rifle, demanding cash from a worker and ordering customers to lie down on the floor. The murder victim, a former sheriff's deputy, was shot three times when he stood up and grabbed Quintanilla's weapon. Bibb and Quintanilla were charged with capital murder in the 2002 slaying. Bibb received a lengthy prison sentence.
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Carroll Joe Parr
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
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Execution
Parr grew up in poverty so extreme, he was often given baked dirt to eat. His sister once tried to kill him. Texas plans to execute Parr for the shooting death of a man in a drug deal outside a North Waco convenience store in 2003. Parr and his fall partner, Earl Whiteside, were accused of approaching two men sitting in a car, forcing them to the side of the building, and robbing and shooting them. One victim survived. Whiteside testified against Parr and received a 15-year sentence on a plea to aggravated robbery. Parr’s would be the 497th Texas execution in the modern death-penalty era.
Backpage on Carroll Joe Parr
Guests:
·Susan Ashley
·Michael Gillespie
A criminal defense lawyer in Houston.
·Larry B. Douglas
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Jennifer Simmons
Member of TCADP and active in the campaign to overturn the death penalty in Texas.
·Jack Lee
·Dennis Longmire
·Dave Atwood
·Carroll Joe Parr
Parr, who was scheduled to be executed May 7, 2013, grew up in poverty so extreme, he was often given baked dirt to eat. His sister once tried to kill him. Parr was condemned for the shooting death of a man in a drug deal outside a North Waco convenience store in 2003.
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Richard Cobb
Thursday, April 25, 2013
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Execution
One of two men condemned in a 2002 robbery-slaying in the small, East Texas town of Ruskin. He and Beunka Adams (executed April 26, 2012) were convicted of forcing three convenience-store workers into a car, driving them to a field, raping one of the women, and shooting all three with a shotgun. One worker, a mentally disabled man, died. The women survived by playing dead.
Backpage on Richard Cobb
Guests:
·Susan Orlansky
Susan Orlansky took on the case of Elroy Chester pro bono. She received her law degree from Harvard, where she edited the law review. Her practice includes trials and appeals, especially complex civil and criminal litigation. Before entering private practice, she served as an assistant public defender for the Alaska Public Defender Agency and was staff attorney for the Alaska Appellate Court.
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Elroy Chester III
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Execution
A jury sentenced him to death after he pleaded guilty to the 1998 fatal shooting of a Port Arthur firefighter who was was slain after arriving at his sister's home during a robbery. Chester's attorneys argued on appeal that he is ineligible for execution because he is mentally impaired, but a divided federal appeals court upheld the sentence.
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Ronnie Paul Threadgill
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Execution
Threadgill, 38, was sentenced to death for a slaying in 2001 outside a Navarro County nightclub. He was convicted of firing two shots into a car, hitting a 17-year-old who was in the back seat. The U.S. Supreme Court declined in 2012 to review the case. Threadgill's appeal asserted that his lawyers should have negotiated for a felony murder charge instead of capital murder and should have rebutted an alleged shooting in Freestone County that was brought up during the trial.
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Rigoberto Avila Jr.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Execution
The 40-year-old veteran from El Paso was convicted in the February 2000 slaying of his girlfriend's son while babysitting. Avila served in the military during Desert Storm. The U.S. Supreme Court declined in 2010 to hear an appeal filed by his attorney, Robin Norris.
Backpage on Rigoberto Avila Jr.
Guests:
·Rigoberto Avila, Jr.
Avila, of El Paso, was born Aug. 5, 1972. He arrived on death row in 2001. Before being incarcerated, he worked as a laborer.
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Rickey Lynn Lewis
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
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Execution
Convicted of sexually assaulting a Tyler woman and killing her fiance during a home burglary in 1990. A previous execution date was stayed because of claims that Lewis had extremely poor intellectual functioning, but a court ruled in 2005 that his intellectual abilities were not an issue.
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Kimberly McCarthy
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Execution
A former crack addict who was sentenced to death for the 1997 slaying of an elderly woman during a home robbery near Dallas. McCarthy, 51, is the former wife of New Black Panther Party founder Aaron Michaels, with whom she has a son. She is one of 10 women on Texas death row. Since the date was announced Sept. 12, she has been the only one with a scheduled execution. Three of the nearly 500 people Texas has put to death in the modern era have been women. Hours before her scheduled execution Jan. 29, 2013, a Dallas judge put it off until April 3, based on her attorneys' assertions that jury selection in McCarthy's trial was tainted by racism.
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Michael Gonzales
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Execution
Convicted of fatally stabbing his elderly neighbors in 1994 after they awakened while he was burglarizing their home. In 2009, Gonzales received a new punishment trial because of testimony from a former psychologist for Texas prisons who cited race and ethnicity as reasons for his future dangerousness. A March 2013 execution date was set, but a federal judge issued a stay at the request of Gonzales's attorney, who sought time to prepare a motion to strike his death sentence on grounds of mental incompetence.
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Larry Swearingen
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Execution
Ninth Texas District Court Judge Fred Edwards set Swearingen's latest execution date after the state Court of Criminal Appeals rejected the convict's most recent appeal. Swearingen was convicted in June 2000 of the abduction and murder of college student Melissa Trotter. He has since been sentenced to die by lethal injection on three occasions – January 2007, January 2009 and August 2011. He was granted stays as his claim of innocence wound its way through the appellate courts. Swearingen's latest stay came Jan. 30, 2013, when a judge struck the execution date of Feb. 27 to allow for further DNA testing.
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Carl Henry Blue
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Execution
Convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend in 1995 by burning her alive at her College Station apartment. His attorneys argued unsuccessfully that he was mentally impaired and therefore ineligible for the death penalty. Blue acknowledged drinking and smoking crack the night of the slaying.
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Britt Ripkowski
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Execution
Convicted of capital murder in the 1997 slaying of a toddler kidnapped from Utah and found buried near Sheldon Reservoir northeast of Houston. In appealing his conviction, Ripkowski claimed that he was incompetent to assist his attorney in his defense at trial. An affadavit from a physician who had examined Ripkowski said he had bipolar disorder, suffered from hallucinations, and appeared to have been suicidal during trial. On Jan. 11, a Houston judge canceled the Feb. 20 execution date after ruling that Ripkowski was mentally incompetent.
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Guests:
·Susan Ashley
·Saundra Westervelt, Prof.
An associate professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, she has authored several books, including LIFE AFTER DEATH ROW, which she wrote with fellow UNC Prof. Kimberly Cook. The book presents 18 exonerees' stories, focusing on the invisibility of the innocent after release, the complicity of the justice system in that invisibility, and the way the exonerees struggle with their personal trauma.
·Larry B. Douglas
·Kimberly Cook, Prof.
Chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, she is the author of several books. Her latest, LIFE AFTER DEATH ROW, was co-written with fellow UNC Prof. Saundra Westervelt. It presents the stories of 18 exonerees, incuding their invisibility after release, the complicity of the justice system in that invisibility, and the way they have struggled with their personal traumas.
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
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Kimberly McCarthy
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Execution
A former crack addict who was sentenced to death for the 1997 slaying of an elderly woman during a home robbery near Dallas. McCarthy, 51, is the former wife of New Black Panther Party founder Aaron Michaels, with whom she has a son. She is one of 10 women on Texas death row. Since the date was announced Sept. 12, she has been the only one with a scheduled execution. Three of the nearly 500 people Texas has put to death in the modern era have been women.
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Rigoberto Avila Jr.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Execution
The 40-year-old veteran from El Paso was convicted in the February 2000 slaying of his girlfriend's son while babysitting. Avila served in the military during Desert Storm. The U.S. Supreme Court declined in 2010 to hear an appeal filed by his attorney, Robin Norris.
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Preston Hughes
Thursday, November 15, 2012
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Execution
Hughes, 46, was sent to Texas death row more than 23 years ago following his conviction in the Houston murders of a teenage girl and a toddler. His supporters cite numerous problems with the case against him, including a confession they say was coerced by police.
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Guests:
·Jeff Blackburn
Jeff Blackburn is the founder of and chief counsel to the Innocence Project of Texas. The State Bar of Texas named him as Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year for 2002-2003. He received the Frank Scurlock Award, the Henry B. Gonzalez Award and the Maury Maverick Award for his civil rights work, which has included Tim Cole and the Tulia defendants. In 2009, he chaired the Legal Services to the Poor in Criminal Matters Committee of the State.
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Ramon Hernandez
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
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Execution
One of two men sentenced to death for a 2002 murder in San Antonio in which the victim was abducted, robbed and sexually assaulted. Co-defendant Santos Minjarez cheated the death gurney by dying in custody Jan. 14, 2012, from septic shock and multiple organ failure.
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Guests:
·Susan Ashley
·Robert Chase, PhD
Dr. Chase is the public historian at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. He is the author of, Civil Rights on the Cell Block: Race, Reform, and Violence in Texas Prisons and the Nation, 1945-1990, a history of the system's changing face and ineluctable brutality.
·Larry B. Douglas
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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Mario Swain
Thursday, November 8, 2012
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Execution
A jury convicted the Los Angeles native, following a three-day trial, of murdering a woman after she entered her East Texas home to find Swain burglarizing it. Among his claims on appeal were that the prosecution should not have been allowed to introduce his confessions at trial, his attorneys failed to investigate evidence of childhood abuse that might have persuaded the jury to spare his life, and a prosecution-requested jury shuffle deliberately placed more whites at the front of the panel of prospective jurors, reducing the likelihood that a black person would be chosen.
Guests:
·Susan Ashley
·Johanna Steinberg
She became assistant counsel of the criminal justice practice for the NAACP's Legal Defense & Educational Fund in July 2007. Her work includes post-conviction capital appeals and indigent defense reform. Before obtaining her law degree, she worked for the LDF as a paralegal and research director. Her experience includes work at The Bronx Defenders and as an E. Barrett Prettyman Fellow in Georgetown University Law Center's Criminal Justice Clinic.
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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Donnie Lee Roberts
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
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Execution
Condemned for the slaying of a live-in girlfriend found shot to death in their home in 2003. Roberts appealed on several grounds, including the trial judge's refusal to allow a defense expert to testify that Roberts' combined use of alcohol and crack cocaine had fueled the crime.
Backpage on Donnie Lee Roberts
Guests:
·Larry B. Douglas
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dennis Longmire
·Dave Atwood
·Scott Cobb
President of the Texas Moratorium Network, he is active in lobbying efforts to end the death penalty. He has organized lobby days, conducted grassroots training, drafted anti-death penalty legislation and organized many protests against capital punishment. A principle organizer of the annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty, he has lobbied every Texas legislature since 2001 to declare a moratorium on the death penalty.
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Bobby Hines
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Execution
The 40-year-old was condemned 20 years ago in the robbery-murder of a woman in Dallas. Hines, who was 19 at the time of the crime, was scheduled to die in June, but the Dallas County district attorney's office withdrew the death date for additional DNA testing of evidence. His execution was reset when test results reportedly confirmed his guilt. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals rejected an appeal from Hines the week before his execution. His appellate attorney argued that Hines' trial attorneys "failed to adequately investigate ... the abuse, neglect and violence (he) was subjected to at a very young age."
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Guests:
·Susan Ashley
·Richard Holloway, Prof.
Director of criminal justice at Colorado Technical University, where he maintains a blog on the subject. He practiced law for a decade before beginning his teaching career at CTU, where he is a faculty member, program director and assistant director of Education. His areas of special interest include Constitutional law.
·Larry B. Douglas
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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Anthony Haynes
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Execution
The 33-year-old, who has been locked up since he was 19, was one of two black men convicted in the 1998 slaying of a white off-duty Houston police officer. Also convicted in the killing was Michael Turner. On appeal, Haynes asserted that prosecutors deliberately excluded African-Americans from the jury.
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Guests:
·Susan Ashley
·Robert Chase, PhD
Dr. Chase is the public historian at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. He is the author of, Civil Rights on the Cell Block: Race, Reform, and Violence in Texas Prisons and the Nation, 1945-1990, a history of the system's changing face and ineluctable brutality.
·Larry B. Douglas
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
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Jonathan Green
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
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Execution
Convicted in the June 2000 slaying of a 12-year-old girl in Montgomery County, north of Houston. He survived an execution date in 2010 when Texas's highest criminal court granted a hearing on whether he was too mentally ill to be put to death.
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Guests:
·Susan Ashley
·Robert Perkinson, Prof.
Author of the seminal work, TEXAS TOUGH: THE RISE OF AMERICA'S PRISON EMPIRE, Perkinson teaches American Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
·Larry B. Douglas
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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Sarge Foster
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
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Execution
This is Texas' fourth attempt to put to death the former Army recruiter who has consistently claimed innocence of the murder for which he was condemned. The state's past three execution attempts, all in 2011, were turned back by the courts. Foster and another man were convicted in 2004 of killing a woman in Fort Worth a decade ago. Co-defendant Sheldon Ward died of brain cancer in prison in 2010.
Backpage on Sarge Foster
Guests:
·Susan Ashley
·Larry B. Douglas
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Cleve 'Sarge' Foster
A veteran of the U.S. Army and former recruiter, he has been on death row since March 2004 for participating in a crime in which his co-defendant confessed to being the sole killer. Execution Watch taped a 20-minute interview with Foster recently on death row. If Texas puts him to death, we'll air the tape.
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Robert Harris
Thursday, September 20, 2012
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Execution
The 40-year-old Lubbock native was condemned following his conviction for two of five shooting deaths during a March 20, 2000, robbery at a Dallas-area car wash. He had been fired from his job there several days earlier. Attorneys for Harris say he is mentally impaired and therefore ineligible for execution under Supreme Court guidelines, an argument rejected in March by a federal appeals court. His lawyer, Lydia Brandt, said she would take the appeal to the Supreme Court.
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Guests:
·Susan Ashley
·Larry B. Douglas
·Kenneth Williams, Prof.
A professor at South Texas College of Law, he is most recently the the author of the book MOST DESERVING OF DEATH?, in which he examines whether the death penalty really punishes the worst offenders. He concludes that the application of the death penalty is inconsistent and incoherent, partly because of the U.S. Supreme Court's jurisprudence. As an attorney for prisoners on Texas death row, Williams has been successful before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the U.S. District Court in obtaining new trials and hearings.
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
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John Balentine
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Execution
It's the third execution date for the former auto mechanic and laborer convicted in the 1998 deaths of three teens in Amarillo. Prosecutors said the slayings were the result of a feud between Balentine and his ex-girlfriend's brother, one of the victims. Balentine was granted stays after arguing that his trial attorneys did a poor job. Balentine had a lengthy criminal record in his native Arkansas that included kidnapping, assault and robbery.
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Guests:
·Susan Ashley
·Robert Chase, PhD
Dr. Chase is the public historian at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. He is the author of, Civil Rights on the Cell Block: Race, Reform, and Violence in Texas Prisons and the Nation, 1945-1990, a history of the system's changing face and ineluctable brutality.
·Larry B. Douglas
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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Marvin Wilson
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
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Execution
Wilson was sent to death row after his conviction in the 1992 kidnapping and murder of confidential police informant Jerry Williams following a confrontation between the two. A tip from the victim had led to a police search in which drugs were seized and charges lodged against Wilson. His attorneys argued unsuccessfully on appeal that he is ineligible for execution because he is mentally retarded.
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Guests:
·Susan Ashley
·Larry B. Douglas
·Jody Madeira
Author of KILLING MCVEIGH: THE DEATH PENALTY AND THE MYTH OF CLOSURE, she is an associate professor at Indiana University's Maurer School of Law. In her book, Madeira uses the Oklahoma City bombing to explore how survivors come to terms with mass murder. It is the fullest case study to date of the Oklahoma City Bombing survivors’ struggle for justice and the first-ever case study of closure. Madeira demonstrates the importance of understanding what closure is before asserting it has been -- or can ever be -- reached.
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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Marcus Druery
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Execution
The former student at Texas State Technical College was convicted in the death of 20-year-old fellow student Skyyler Browne. According to testimony at Druery's trial, the two were among a group celebrating Halloween 2002 in Bryan and wound up at property belonging to Druery's family in rural Brazos County. Browne's body was found in a pond on the property. He had been shot three times and his body burned. Druery's attorneys argued unsuccessfully in his appeal that his trial lawyers were deficient and jury instructions were faulty.
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Guests:
·Terry Kupers, MD
The author of PRISON MADNESS: THE MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS BEHIND BARS, Dr. Kupers is a psychiatrist with a background in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, forensics and social and community psychiatry. Since 1974, he has practiced in both the public and private sectors. His forensic psychiatry experience includes testimony in several large class action suits involving jail and prison conditions, sexual abuse, and the quality of mental health services inside correctional facilities. He is a consultant to Human Rights Watch.
·Susan Ashley
·Larry B. Douglas
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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Yokamon Hearn
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
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Execution
The 33-year-old was sentenced to die in the 1998 slaying of a North Dallas man who was abducted from a coin-operated car wash, driven to a secluded area, and shot to death. The victim’s Mustang was found the next day in a shopping center parking lot. Hearn, who was 19 at the time of the crime, has been on death row since New Year’s Eve 1998.
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Guests:
·Susan Ashley
·Raymond Bonner
Author of ANATOMY OF INJUSTICE, in which he details the outrageous mishandling of a murder case that put an innocent 23-year-old man on death row. The book tells how a young attorney who overcame a troubled past to graduate from UT Law spent more than a decade battling the establishment that had railroaded her client in the murder of an elderly South Carolina woman. ANATOMY OF INJUSTICE has received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. Bonner is a former attorney, prosecutor and law professor. He was part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team of reporters at the New York Times, and has worked as a staff writer for The New Yorker. He lives in London.
·Larry B. Douglas
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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Bobby Hines
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Execution
Convicted of killing a Dallas woman in 1991 who lived in the apartments where he was staying. He was 19 at the time of the crime.
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Guests:
·Susan Ashley
·Larry B. Douglas
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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Steven Staley
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Execution
Convicted of murdering a restaurant manager during a 1989 robbery in Fort Worth, Staley, 49, is a paranoid schizophrenic whose severe symptoms have caused three previous execution dates to be withdrawn on the grounds that he was too mentally ill to understand the real reason he was being put to death. Staley's mental incompetence is so frustrating to people who want his death sentence carried out, he has been the subject of a court order to force medication to try to make him sane long enough to qualify for execution. His childhood included a father who had acute alchoholism and a mother who was so mentally ill, she once tried to drive a stake through Staley's chest and, on another occasion, tried to stab him with a butcher knife. One doctor who evaluated Staley said his symptoms included hallucinations; paralysis; depression, sometimes to the point of catatonia; and delusional thinking. The U.S. Supreme Court has not prohibited the execution of mentally ill people, but it bars the execution of anyone so mentally incompetent they do not understand why they are being put to death.
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Anthony Bartee
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Execution
Convicted in the August 1996 robbery murder of a friend, Bartee was given a stay before his scheduled execution in February so that additional DNA testing could be done. When the May 2 date was announced, Bartee attorney David Dow sent the court a letter saying the new date should not have been set because DNA testing has not been done. Dow said no notice of a hearing for a new execution date was sent to him or Bartee.
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Guests:
·Susan Ashley
·Marlo Blue
For the past several years, she has anchored the 4 p.m. Local News at KPFT 90.1 FM Houston, where she also has held leadership roles behind the scenes. She has extensive experience as a producer of musical events and videos.
·Larry B. Douglas
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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Beunka Adams
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Execution
He and his fall partner, Richard Cobb, were convicted of abducting and killing a man during the robbery of a convenience store in the East Texas town of Rusk. Cobb remains on death row. Adams was 19 at the time of the offense; Cobb was 18. Three days before the scheduled execution, a federal judge in Texarkana granted Adams a stay of execution. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott appealed the stay, which was lifted by the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals the day before the execution.
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Guests:
·Susan Ashley
·Marlo Blue
For the past several years, she has anchored the 4 p.m. Local News at KPFT 90.1 FM Houston, where she also has held leadership roles behind the scenes. She has extensive experience as a producer of musical events and videos.
·Larry B. Douglas
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
·Charity Lee
Executive director of the ELLA Foundation, Lee, whose mother was tried and acquitted in the murder of her father, founded the group after her 13-year-old son murdered her 4-year-old daughter in 2007. The foundation is a San Antonio-based nonprofit that advocates for human rights through education, criminal justice reform and victim advocacy.
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Jesse Hernandez
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
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Execution
Convicted in the 2001 beating death of a 10-month-old boy he was babysitting in West Dallas. The jury imposed the death penalty after finding that Hernandez posed a continuing threat to society and that there were no mitigating circumstances to warrant sparing his life. Police linked Hernandez to the slaying through traces of his DNA mixed with the boy's blood on a pillowcase and a jumper.
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Guests:
·Otis Maclay
A broadcast veteran, he usually co-hosts KPFT's The Monitor on Monday nights and is technical director of Execution Watch. A former program director of KPFT, Otis came to Houston from KPFT's sister station in New York, WBAI.
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·David Garland
Garland is the author, most recently, of PECULIAR INSTITUTION: AMERICA'S DEATH PENALTY IN AN AGE OF ABOLITION, from Harvard University Press. A native of the UK, Garland is a professor of Sociology at New York University, where his areas of focus include the US death penalty; legal institutions of punishment and control; and history and sociology of criminological knowledge. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship, was a founding editor of Edinburgh Law Review and was founding editor-in-chief of Punishment and Society: The International Journal of Penology.
·Dave Atwood
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Beunka Adams
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Execution
He and his fall partner, Richard Cobb, were convicted of abducting and killing a man during the robbery of a convenience store in the East Texas town of Rusk. Cobb remains on death row. Adams was 19 at the time of the offense; Cobb was 18. The scheduled execution of Adams comes less than eight years after his conviction in August 2004.
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Guests:
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
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Keith Steven Thurmond
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
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Execution
The former master mechanic was convicted of shooting and killing his estranged wife and her boyfriend in Magnolia in 2001. He lost his federal appeal when his attorney missed a deadlines, essentially waiving the last constitutionally required review before his death sentence could be carried out.
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Guests:
·Otis Maclay
A broadcast veteran, he usually co-hosts KPFT's The Monitor on Monday nights and is technical director of Execution Watch. A former program director of KPFT, Otis came to Houston from KPFT's sister station in New York, WBAI.
·John Bessler
His latest book, CRUEL AND UNUSUAL: THE AMERICAN DEATH PENALTY AND THE FOUNDERS' EIGHTH AMENDMENT, examines the Constitution's guarantee of protection against cruel and unusual punishment, going back in time to show the founders' conflicting and ambivalent views on capital punishment. Bessler is an associate professor at University of Baltimore School of Law and adjunct professor, Georgetown University Law Center.
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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George Rivas
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
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Described as the mastermind of a seven-man escape in 2000 from a state prison in South Texas, he was condemned in the shooting death of a police officer outside Dallas during a robbery by the group. Later, one escapee committed suicide rather than be captured. The six survivors were sentenced to death. Executed in August 2008 was Michael Rodriguez, who had dropped his appeals. Donald Newbury was set to die Feb. 1 but got a stay.
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Guests:
·Shari Silberstein
The executive director of Equal Justice USA, she created the vision for its direction, as well as its role in the broader national movement. Silberstein served as a key member of teams that repealed the death penalty in New Jersey in 2007, ended New York’s death penalty in 2005, and gutted Maryland’s death penalty in 2009. EJUSA is a national, grassroots organization working to build a criminal justice system that is fair, effective, and humane, starting with repeal of the death penalty.
·Robert G. Turner
A second-generation native of Houston, he received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston College of Law. He has been in private practice for over 30 years, specializing in criminal defense and personal injury litigation. He has defended persons accused of, among other things, capital murder, homicide, robbery, kidnapping, fraud, theft and drug trafficking.
·Otis Maclay
A broadcast veteran, he usually co-hosts KPFT's The Monitor on Monday nights and is technical director of Execution Watch. A former program director of KPFT, Otis came to Houston from KPFT's sister station in New York, WBAI.
·Larry B. Douglas
·Dennis Longmire
·Dave Atwood
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Anthony Bartee
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Execution
Convicted of the 1996 robbery-murder of his San Antonio neighbor, Bartee insisted that two gang members committed the 1996 murder and robbed the victim of his motorcycle. He won a stay of execution on Feb. 23, 2011, five days before his scheduled execution, when a judge in Houston agreed to new forensic tests.
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Donald Newbury
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Execution
The Albuquerque, New Mexico, native was one of seven men who escaped from a Texas prison in 2000 and committed a store robbery in suburban Dallas in which a police officer was killed. One escapee claimed sole responsibility for the murder. Newbury and the others were condemned to death following separate trials. Texas is the only state that permits the death penalty for people convicted of murder for playing a supporting role. One co-defendant has been executed, another has an execution date of Feb. 29, and the other three continue to appeal their cases.
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Rodrigo Hernandez
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Execution
Convicted in the murder of a Frito-Lay saleswoman, his appeal was rejected in 2008 by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. The seven-year gap from Hernandez' 2004 conviction to the 2011 announcement of his execution date was relatively short. Typically, a person sentenced to death spends at least 10 years going through the appeals process.
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Guests:
·Robert M. Bohm, Prof.
A professor of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies at the University of Central Florida, the corrections worker-turned-academic is a prolific author and speaker on capital punishment and other criminal justice issues. His weighty text, DEATHQUEST, has just been released in its 4th edition. It has been described as the first true textbook on the death penalty, offering "an introduction to the theory and practice of capital punishment in the United States." DEATHQUEST begins with the history of the U.S. death penalty from colonial to modern times, then examines the moral and legal arguments for and against capital punishment. It provides an overview of major Supreme Court decisions and describes the legal process behind the death penalty. Recent developments in death penalty law and procedure are reviewed, including case law regarding such issues as using lethal injection as a method of execution. In writing and revising DEATHQUEST, Prof. Bohm has sought to understand what motivates the apparent deathquest of the American people that leads a majority of them to support the death penalty. The book is designed to educate readers so that, whatever their death-penalty stand, it will be an informed one.
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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Guadalupe Esparza
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
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Execution
Esparza, 46, received his execution date Aug. 16, 2011, from a San Antonio judge who ignored his attorney's request for a delay to prepare an appeal based on evidence that Esparza is mentally retarded. A jury ordered Esparza put to death in 2001 following his conviction in the abduction, rape and strangulation of a 7-year-old girl. The victim's mother, Diana Berlanga, said she planned to witness Esparza's execution.
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Henry "Hank" Skinner
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Execution
(For earlier background, scroll down to Skinner's stayed execution date, March 24, 2010.)
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Frank Garcia
Thursday, October 27, 2011
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Execution
Slated to be executed six days after his 39th birthday, Garcia was convicted in the shooting deaths of his wife and a San Antonio Police officer in 2001. The officer had responded to a call about a domestic dispute.
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Guests:
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
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Cameron Todd Willingham
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
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Execution
Yes, you read the prisoner's name right. The date, too. Execution Watch is producing a special program examining the Feb. 17, 2004, execution of Todd Willingham. He was put to death despite emerging evidence of his innocence in the deaths of his three daughters in a house fire. Top arson experts using modern investigative techniques have categorically rejected the arson finding of local investigators in Corsicana. Two years ago, the Texas Forensic Science Commission was on the verge of receiving a report condemning the original investigation, when Perry abruptly shut down their work by replacing several members, including the chairman, with new appointees.
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Guests:
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
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Lawrence Russell Brewer
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
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Execution
One of three men convicted in the infamous East Texas slaying in which three white men chained James Byrd, a 49-year-old black man, to the back of a pickup truck and dragged him to death on a country road near Jasper. The 1998 case shocked the nation for its brutality. Fall partner John William King is on death row, awaiting an appeal. Another co-defendant, Shawn Berry, received life in prison. The trials of the three men cost Jasper County $1.02 million, leading to a 6.7 percent increase in property taxes.
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Guests:
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dick Gregory
The comedian and activist was on the front lines during the civil rights era of the '60s and has remained active promoting human rights. As a nationally known comedian, he used social satire to change the way white Americans perceived African-Americans. He was arrested at the CIA during a protest stemming from reports that the agency had supplied cocaine to predominantly black areas of Los Angeles.
·Dennis Longmire
·Dave Atwood
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Cleve 'Sarge' Foster
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Execution
This is the third execution date set for Foster, who was convicted of participating in a 2002 crime in Tarrant County in which another man has admitted committing a murder. The U.S. Supreme Court granted Foster a last-minute stay of execution in January, later rejecting his appeal. Foster was then set to be executed in April when the Supreme Court issued a second stay to consider his request for a rehearing. In May, the high court decided not to take up that motion.
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Guests:
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
·Cleve 'Sarge' Foster
A veteran of the U.S. Army and former recruiter, he has been on death row since March 2004 for participating in a crime in which his co-defendant confessed to being the sole killer. Execution Watch taped a 20-minute interview with Foster recently on death row. If Texas puts him to death, we'll air the tape.
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Duane Buck
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Execution
Convicted in the 1995 homicide of his ex-girlfriend and her male friend in Houston. Buck was on parole for a cocaine delivery conviction at the time. Witnesses said Buck came to his ex-girlfriend's apartment late one night, kicked in the door, argued with her and others, then left after retrieving some of his possessions. He returned a few hours later with a gun, fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend and her male friend.
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Guests:
·Meghan Ryan
A law professor at Southern Methodist University, she writes and teaches about the place where criminal law intersects with procedure, torts, and law & science. Her current research focuses on the impact of evolving science and technology on criminal convictions and punishment -- as well as on civil remedies.
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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Steven Michael Woods
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
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After Woods was convicted and sentenced to death in a double homicide outside Dallas, a co-defendant admitted to killing the couple, saying Woods was present but did not participate in the slayings. The co-defendant received a life sentence. Woods' death sentence was allowed to stand under the law of parties. Texas is the only state in which the law of parties permits the death penalty for those convicted of participating in a crime involving a murder -- even if someone else committed the murder and receives a lesser punishment.
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Guests:
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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Ivan Cantu
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Execution
Condemned in the 2000 shooting death of his cousin, he petitioned the courts unsuccessfully for forensic testing of DNA evidence that he said would prove his innocence. Cantu was 28 when a Collin County jury convicted him of capital murder in a botched robbery that left his cousin and the cousin's girlfriend dead. Cantu was also indicted in the death of Mosqueda's girlfriend, 22-year-old Amy Kitchen. The couple were found slain Nov. 4 in their North Dallas home.
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Randall Wayne Mays
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Execution
The former oil field worker with a history of mental illness was convicted in the 2007 shooting deaths of two Henderson County sheriff's deputies. The U.S. Supreme Court refused in March 2011 to hear his case. In challenging his conviction, Mays's appellate attorneys asserted that: he was not mentally fit to stand trial, he received ineffective assistance of counsel, and his trial judge gave improper instructions to the jury. Mays will be the second in his family to die at the hands of the state in as many decades. His oldest brother, Noble, was executed in 1995 for stabbing and robbing a man in Wichita Falls.
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Larry Swearingen
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Execution
On June 24, 2011, a Montgomery County judge gave Swearingen this execution date -- his third in four years. A growing list of physicians and scientists (10 at last count) say there is virtually no way the now-40-year-old man could have committed the 1998 murder for which he was condemned, that of Melissa Trotter. They all agree that, based on the condition of Trotter’s body, she died at a time when he was in police custody. Swearingen has filed a sixth writ of habeas corpus with the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, which last turned him down in February 2010. “In this case we have fantastic science from multiple areas,” said his attorney, James Rytting. “All of it converges at the place where Swearingen is excluded from the universe of possible culprits.”
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Martin Robles
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
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Execution
One of two men convicted in a 2002 double slaying in Corpus Christi. Robles was convicted and condemned after the men were found shot to death at a residence. Joe David Padron, Robles's fall partner, was also convicted of capital murder but received a life sentence. Prison records indicate Robles began using marijuana and inhalants at age 10, acid and mushrooms at 14 and cocaine at 15. He acknowledged he was an alcoholic and that he joined a gang at 14. He had at least 11 arrests as a juvenile.
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Guests:
·Peggy Duran
Member of TCADP-Corpus Christi, active in vigil, held whenever there is an execution, in front of Incarnate Word convent.
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Jean Casella
Co-editor of Solitary Watch, an innovative website aimed at calling attention to the widespread use of solitary confinement and other types of torture in U.S. prisons. The site involves a collaboration between journalists and law students. The Solitary Watch mission is to provide the first centralized, comprehensive source of information on solitary confinement in the United States. The intended audience includes practicing attorneys, legal scholars, law enforcement, corrections officers, policymakers, educators, advocates, and prisoners.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
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Mark Stroman
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
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41, convicted of killing an Indian-American man during a post-9/11 shooting spree in Dallas that claimed one other life. The sole survivor of the shootings, Rais Bhuiyan, has since forgiven Stroman and mounted an international campaign to spare his life.
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Guests:
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
·Chris Castillo
National-Texas outreach coordinator for Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation, Chris started his career as a reporter for a Texas newspaper and was covering the court beat when he learned his mother, Pilar Castillo, had been murdered in her Houston home in 1991. Soon afterward, he began working with crime victims through a group that takes them into prison to help inmates see the impact of their crimes.
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Humberto Leal, Jr.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
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Execution
President Obama's pleas to stay the execution of the Mexican citizen are having no impact on Governor Perry, who is also turning a deaf ear to the international community and the elite of the U.S. military and criminal justice system. They've warned that Leal's execution would endanger Americans abroad by violating a treaty guaranteeing consular access to foreign nationals upon their arrest.
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Guests:
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dennis Longmire
·Dave Atwood
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Milton Mathis
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
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Execution
After cheating death in 2005 when he got a stay of execution, Mathis received a new date with the executioner. His execution was scheduled after the U.S. Supreme Court turned down an appeal in February 2011. His attorneys say they've been unable to get a court to consider claims that their client is mentally retarded and therefore ineligible for execution. The Houston native was convicted in the shooting deaths of two men in 1998 in Fort Bend County
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Guests:
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
·Claudia Whitman
Claudia Whitman is co-author of the Capital Defense Handbook for Defendants and their Families, written with a former death row prisoner now doing life at Angola. She uses the handbook in trainings around the country to empower people who face the death penalty. She is executive director of the National Death Row Assistance Network of CURE and coordinates the GrassRoots Investigation Project of the Quixote Center. Claudia serves on the board of directors for the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and for CURE, Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants. She has worked on a number of projects to free innocent people from death row.
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Lee Taylor
Thursday, June 16, 2011
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Execution
His execution date was set shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court refused his appeal in April 2011. Taylor was serving a life term in 1999 for the beating death of a Houston man when he was convicted of murdering a fellow inmate at the Telford state prison in New Boston, about 2-1/2 hours northeast of Dallas. Taylor, who was 16 at the time of the Houston murder, argued unsuccessfully that prosecutors improperly used the juvenile conviction - when he was ineligible for the death penalty - as evidence to convince a jury to condemn him for the prison killing.
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Guests:
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Elizabeth M. Calvin
Senior advocate, Children’s Right’s Division, Human Rights Watch. She is a vocal proponent of children’s rights in California, especially in the area of juvenile justice. Most recently, she organized a statewide campaign for a bill to end life-without-parole for juveniles. To support the campaign, she wrote a report about children now serving life sentences without parole, called, "When I Die, They'll Send Me Home.”
·Dave Atwood
·Brian Olsen
Executive Director of the Correctional Officers' Union
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John Balentine
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Execution
News of Balentine's execution date came a year and a half after a last-minute stay voided his original ticket to the death house. A federal appeals court issued the reprieve based on arguments by the Amarillo man's appeals lawyer that the jury might not have condemned him for the 1998 triple murder if his trial attorney had presented mitigating evidence about his childhood, which was filled with violence, poverty and abuse. The appeals court considered arguments on the claim but decided in November that the evidence could not be considered.
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Guests:
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Craig Rutherford
Missions chair for St. John's United Methodist Church in Lubbock. He coordinates a vigil in the church parking lot from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. whenever the State of Texas carries out an execution.
·Claudia Whitman
Claudia Whitman is co-author of the Capital Defense Handbook for Defendants and their Families, written with a former death row prisoner now doing life at Angola. She uses the handbook in trainings around the country to empower people who face the death penalty. She is executive director of the National Death Row Assistance Network of CURE and coordinates the GrassRoots Investigation Project of the Quixote Center. Claudia serves on the board of directors for the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and for CURE, Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants. She has worked on a number of projects to free innocent people from death row.
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Gayland Bradford
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
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Execution
Came within six days of being executed when the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay to give his attorneys time to prepare a full appeal of his death sentence on grounds that he is mentally impaired. Bradford was sentenced to death in the slaying of a security guard. His attorneys say his execution would be unconstitutional because he is mentally retarded. Bradford was convicted in the shooting death of Brian Williams during a robbery at a south Dallas convenience store in 1988. Bradford's IQ was tested as 68 by the Texas Department of Corrections when he was a 17-year-old first offender.
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Guests:
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Hooman Hedayati
An Iranian student at the University of Texas at Austin, Mr. Hedayati is president of Texas Students Against the Death Penalty and Students Against the Death Penalty. He sits on the advisory board for Campus Progress at the Center for American Progress.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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Cary Kerr
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
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Execution
Kerr, now 46, was condemned for the July 2001 slaying of 34-year-old Pamela Horton. Both were from Haltom City, near Fort Worth. When Horton's body was found, Kerr told authorities he had been with her at his home that night but that she had left alive. His trial lawyer said the woman walked out after the two argued following an evening of heavy drinking. Petitions to stay Kerr's execution and reexamine the case were pending before the U.S. Supreme court. Executioners planned to use pentobarbital for the first time in Texas history. Officials announced recently that they would substitute pentobarbital in the three-drug method of lethal injection because the supply of the sedative employed in executions for the past three decades was cut off due to anti-death penalty sentiment where the manufacturer is based, in Europe.
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Guests:
·Nicole Casarez
An attorney and professor at the University of St. Thomas, where she teaches journalism, media law, public relations and media ethics. Since 2001, Casarez and her investigative journalism students have participated in the Texas Innocence Network, investigating cases including that of former Texas death row prisoner, Anthony Graves. He was released in October following eight years of research by Casarez and her students. The attorney-professor was featured in the April 23, 2011, episode of CBS's 48 Hours Mystery, about Graves' 18 years of wrongful imprisonment and his ongoing struggle to secure compensation from the State of Texas. Casarez has been rewarded for her legal scholarly work with one of the highest honors of the legal profession - election to the American Law Institute. She was featured in the Laurels section of the January/February 2011 issue of the Columbia Journalism Review, in recognition of her role in the Texas Monthly article that brought a new round of recognition to the Graves case.
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Dennis Longmire
·Dave Atwood
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Cleve Foster
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Execution
The former Army recruiter survived His Jan. 11 execution date when the U.S. Supreme Court issued a last-minute stay, which it later lifted without comment. Foster, who insists he is innocent, was condemned for participating in a 2002 crime in which Sudanese woman was murdered in Fort Worth. He and Sheldon Ward were sent to death row for the death of Mary Pal, 28. Ward, who claimed sole responsibility for the slaying, cheated the executioner by dying in prison May 13, 2010, of a brain tumor
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Guests:
·Sylvia Garza
Ms. Garza heads the Rio Grande Valley chapter of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. On Oct. 25, 2008, she led a contingent from the Valley to Houston for the March to End Executions. Ms. Garza's son, Robert Garza, is on death row. The Valley chapter sometimes holds a vigil in front of the Hidalgo County Courthouse in Edinburg when there is an execution. She was one of several people interviewed in the documentary, DON'T KILL MY FATHER (2010), about the ordeals of families with loved ones on Texas death row.
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
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Timothy Adams
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
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Sentenced to death in the 2002 shooting death of his son in Houston following a standoff with police after his wife threatened to divorce him. A jury deliberated more than two days before sentencing Adams to death after he surprised prosecutors by pleading guilty to capital murder as his trial was about to start.
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Michael Wayne Hall
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Execution
Sentenced to death in the 1998 kidnapping and fatal shooting of a woman in Arlington. Hall's attorney attempted to save him from the gurney by asking a federal court to reconsider previous rulings that Hall is not retarded. The attorney said courts should consider new definitions of mental retardation. Hall's co-defendant Robert Neville was executed in 2006
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Guests:
·Russell G. Murphy
Author of VOICES OF THE DEATH PENALTY DEBATE: A CITIZENS GUIDE TO CAPITAL PUNISHMENT, Prof. Murphy has taught for more than 30 years at Suffolk University Law School in Boston. His book seeks to illuminate the issue of capital punishment through testimony from hearings in 2004 and 2005 on whether the death penalty should be reinstated in New York State.
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
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Cleve 'Sarge' Foster
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Execution
The former Army recruiter, who insists he is innocent, was condemned for the murder of a Sudanese woman in Fort Worth in 2002. He and Sheldon Ward were sent to death row for the death of Mary Pal, 28. Ward, who claimed sole responsibility for the slaying, died May 13, 2010, of a brain tumor.
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Guests:
·Robin M. Maher
Director of the American Bar Association's Death Penalty Representation Project, which seeks to educate attorneys about the shortage of representation available to death row inmates and to recruit and train volunteer attorneys to fill the need. The project also pushes for systemic changes to ensure that defendants in capital cases are represented at all stages by competent counsel. (Name pronounced "MARR").
·Robert Rosenberg
A Houston attorney, he has been handling death row cases since the 1980s. As a civil rights lawyer, he has represented clients on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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Steven Kenneth Staley
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Execution
Condemned for the shooting death of a restaurant manager in Fort Worth during a botched robbery in 1991 by Staley and two accomplices. A district judge at one point ordered the state to forcibly give anti-psychotic drugs to Staley, who had been diagnosed with severe paranoid schizophrenia and refused to take medication because he believed it poisoned him.
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Guests:
·Robin M. Maher
Director of the American Bar Association's Death Penalty Representation Project, which seeks to educate attorneys about the shortage of representation available to death row inmates and to recruit and train volunteer attorneys to fill the need. The project also pushes for systemic changes to ensure that defendants in capital cases are represented at all stages by competent counsel. (Name pronounced "MARR").
·Robert Rosenberg
A Houston attorney, he has been handling death row cases since the 1980s. As a civil rights lawyer, he has represented clients on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
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Larry Wooten
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Execution
Sentenced to death in 1998 at age 39 following his conviction in the robbery-murders of an elderly couple in Paris, Texas, for whom he had worked as a handyman. The state's highest criminal court in 2004 granted him a new trial on his claim that could not be executed because he is mentally retarded. The trial, held in the same Lamar County District Court where he had been convicted and sentenced to death, found that he was not retarded.
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Guests:
·Scott Cobb
President of the Texas Moratorium Network, he is active in lobbying efforts to end the death penalty. He has organized lobby days, conducted grassroots training, drafted anti-death penalty legislation and organized many protests against capital punishment. A principle organizer of the annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty, he has lobbied every Texas legislature since 2001 to declare a moratorium on the death penalty.
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·George White
A co-founder of Journey of Hope, White was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to life for the murder of his wife, Charlene, after an armed robber burst into White's place of business and shot the couple multiple times. A capital murder trial later described as "a mockery and a sham," resulted in a conviction and life sentence for White. He was freed in 1989 after his conviction was overturned; the charge against him was dismissed in 1992.
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Gayland Bradford
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Execution
*** THE US SUPREME COURT ISSUED A TEMPORARY STAY OF EXECUTION 10/8/2010 TO GIVE BRADFORD'S ATTORNEYS TIME TO PREPARE A FULL APPEAL OF HIS DEATH SENTENCE ON GROUNDS THAT HE IS MENTALLY IMPAIRED.*** Bradford was sentenced to death in the slaying of a security guard. His attorneys say his execution would be unconstitutional because he is mentally retarded. Bradford was convicted in the shooting death of Brian Williams during a robbery at a south Dallas convenience store in 1988. Bradford's IQ was tested as 68 by the Texas Department of Corrections when he was a 17-year-old first offender.
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Guests:
·Robert Rosenberg
A Houston attorney, he has been handling death row cases since the 1980s. As a civil rights lawyer, he has represented clients on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Bill Pelke
President and co-founder of Journey of Hope, he authored a book of the same name detailing the 1985 murder of his grandmother by four high-school girls. Pelke supported the ringleader's death sentence initially, but a spiritual transformation led him to join an international campaign that succeeded in sparing her life. The retired steelworker works full time to abolish the death penalty.
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Peter Anthony Cantu
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
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One of a group of teenagers convicted of raping and killing two teenage Houston girls in 1993. Cantu, who was 18 at the time of the slayings, and four companions -- all 17 or 18 -- received death sentences. Two have been executed. Two others had their sentences commuted to life after the U.S. Supreme Court barred the death penalty for those under 18 at the time of their crimes. The slayings led to a Texas law allowing victims' families to view the execution of murderers. International controversy erupted around the execution two years ago of co-defendant José Medellín when it was revealed that he was not notified of his right to meet with Mexican consular officials.
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Guests:
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Dennis Longmire
·David M. Oshinsky
A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, he holds the Jack S. Blanton Chair in History at the University of Texas at Austin and is Jacob K. Javits visiting Professor at New York University. He recently published CAPITAL PUNISHMENT ON TRIAL: FURMAN V. GEORGIA AND THE DEATH PENALTY IN MODERN AMERICA. Oshinsky's other books include POLIO: AN AMERICAN HISTORY, which won a Pulitzer in 2006, and "WORSE THAN SLAVERY": PARCHMAN FARM AND THE ORDEAL OF JIM CROW JUSTICE, winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Prize.
·Dave Atwood
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Derrick Leon Jackson
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
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Condemned in 1998 for the stabbing deaths of Houston Grand Opera tenors Richard Alan Wrotenbery and Forrest G. Henderson, both 31, during an apparent robbery in their Houston apartment 10 years earlier. Jackson, formerly of Missouri City, has insisted on his innocence. He was linked to the slayings by DNA evidence and a bloody fingerprint on the apartment door. The discovery of widespread problems at the HPD crime lab led investigators from the Harris County District Attorney's office in 2003 to order a retesting of the evidence in Jackson's case.
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Guests:
·Robert Rosenberg
A Houston attorney, he has been handling death row cases since the 1980s. As a civil rights lawyer, he has represented clients on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union.
·Kenneth Williams, Prof.
A professor at South Texas College of Law, he is most recently the the author of the book MOST DESERVING OF DEATH?, in which he examines whether the death penalty really punishes the worst offenders. He concludes that the application of the death penalty is inconsistent and incoherent, partly because of the U.S. Supreme Court's jurisprudence. As an attorney for prisoners on Texas death row, Williams has been successful before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the U.S. District Court in obtaining new trials and hearings.
·Charlie Doyle
A transplanted New Yorker, he and his wife Pat are members of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. They established a vigil to be held on execution nights at St. Patrick Cathedral in El Paso.
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Michael Perry
Thursday, July 1, 2010
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Execution
confessed to authorities that he killed 50-year-old Sandra Stotler in her home near Conroe in 2001, then recanted, saying police had beat the confession out of him. He claims he was in jail on an unrelated traffic charge during the period the state's medical examiner pinpointed as the time of death. He blames co-defendant Jason Aaron Burkett for the shotgun slayings of Stotler and later Stotler's son, Adam, and Adam's friend, Jeremy Richardson.
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Guests:
·Robert Rosenberg
A Houston attorney, he has been handling death row cases since the 1980s. As a civil rights lawyer, he has represented clients on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union.
·Otis Maclay
A broadcast veteran, he usually co-hosts KPFT's The Monitor on Monday nights and is technical director of Execution Watch. A former program director of KPFT, Otis came to Houston from KPFT's sister station in New York, WBAI.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Daniel P. Wirt, MD
A Houston-area physician, he has been active for many years in efforts to abolish the death penalty and to improve health care for Americans. His political essays have appeared in CounterPunch.
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Jonathan Green
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Execution
Convicted and sentenced to death in 2002 by an all-white jury in the murder of a 12-year-old white girl in Dobbin, Texas, a small town 60 miles northwest of Houston. Green, who is African-American, suffers from mental illness, is functionally illiterate and is probably mentally retarded, according to his attorneys. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2002 that the execution of mentally retarded people is illegal because it is cruel and unusual punishment.
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Guests:
·Otis Maclay
A broadcast veteran, he usually co-hosts KPFT's The Monitor on Monday nights and is technical director of Execution Watch. A former program director of KPFT, Otis came to Houston from KPFT's sister station in New York, WBAI.
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Daniel P. Wirt, MD
A Houston-area physician, he has been active for many years in efforts to abolish the death penalty and to improve health care for Americans. His political essays have appeared in CounterPunch.
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David Lee Powell
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
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Execution
On death row more than three decades, Powell was convicted in the 1978 slaying of an Austin police officer. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to review Powell's death sentence in 2009. He was sent to death row three separate times, including retrials. Powell's attorneys said his due-process rights were violated when prosecutors held back documents indicating his girlfriend might have fired the fatal shots. Of the 322 people on Texas death row, only five have been there longer than Powell. He would be the state's longest-serving death row inmate to die by lethal injection. Excell White was executed in 1999 after 24 years.
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Guests:
·Robert Rosenberg
A Houston attorney, he has been handling death row cases since the 1980s. As a civil rights lawyer, he has represented clients on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union.
·Richard H. Burr
Devotes his law practice entirely to death penalty defense. Formerly in charge of the NAACP Capital Punishment Project, Burr was litigation director for Houston's now-defunct Texas Resource Center, which helped represent death row inmates. In many years of capital defense work, his high-profile clients have included Gary Graham and Timothy McVeigh. Burr and his wife, Mandy Welch, organized the Texas Defender Service to continue the work of the Resource Center.
·John Hollway
Attorney and author of KILLING TIME, about John Thompson's 18-year struggle from death row to freedom following his wrongful conviction for the murder of a white hotel executive. Thompson, who is black, was exonerated after evidence of his innocence -- long hidden by prosecutors -- came to light weeks before his execution. He has since won a $14 million civil judgment against the New Orleans DA's office, slated for review in fall 2010 by the U.S. Supreme Court.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dennis Longmire
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George Jones
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
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Convicted in the 1993 robbery-murder of Forest Hall, who was abducted from the parking lot of a Dallas shopping mall. Jones' attorneys say his verdict and sentence were reached unfairly, because the trial judge wrongly allowed Dallas County prosecutors to exclude a prospective juror perceived as friendly to the defense. In a capital trial, a single holdout juror can mean the difference between life and death.
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Guests:
·Scott Christianson
A writer, investigative reporter and historian, he is the author of The Last Gasp: The Rise and Fall of the American Gas Chamber. It includes little-known facts about the gas chamber, including links to the eugenics movements and American-German collaboration to produce lethal hydrogen cyanide. Among his other books is With Liberty for Some: 500 Years of Imprisonment in America, winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award Distinguished Honors and a Choice Outstanding Book Award.
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
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John Alba
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Execution
Alba, 54, was convicted in the 1991 shooting death of his wife, Wendy Alba. He was arrested in Plano, Texas, following a standoff with police in which he held a gun to his head and threatened to pull the trigger. A federal court in 2000 overturned his death sentence because a psychologist testified improperly at his trial that jurors should consider the fact that he is Hispanic in deciding punishment. Alba had a second punishment trial, at which a Collin County jury imposed the death penalty.
Backpage on John Alba
Guests:
·Robert Rosenberg
A Houston attorney, he has been handling death row cases since the 1980s. As a civil rights lawyer, he has represented clients on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union.
·Nancy Bailey
·Dennis Longmire
·Crystal Halprin
An Austin business owner and wife of death row inmate Randy Halprin. Crystal has made her voice heard at legislative hearings on the Texas law of parties. Other states have laws of parties, which hold accomplices accountable for the actions of killers, but only Texas permits the death penalty for accomplices.
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Rogelio Cannady
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
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Execution
Cannady was in prison on a life sentence in 1993 when he was charged with killing his cellmate at the McConnell Unit in Beeville. The victim was serving 15 years for murder. Cannady was the first Texas prison inmate prosecuted under a 1993 statute permitting a charge of capital murder against an offender serving 99 years or life on a previous murder conviction. His personal diary entries have been posted by a friend at http://deathwatchjournal.wordpress.com/
Backpage on Rogelio Cannady
Guests:
·Joe Krause
Coordinates execution-day vigils of TCADP's Brownsville chapter, which gather at 802 and Paredes Line, 5:00-6:00 PM.
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Dennis Longmire
·Chris Castillo
National-Texas outreach coordinator for Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation, Chris started his career as a reporter for a Texas newspaper and was covering the court beat when he learned his mother, Pilar Castillo, had been murdered in her Houston home in 1991. Soon afterward, he began working with crime victims through a group that takes them into prison to help inmates see the impact of their crimes.
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Billy John Galloway
Thursday, May 13, 2010
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Execution
Billy John Galloway was condemned for the slaying of a man in Greenville, east of Dallas. Galloway, Kevin Varga (May 12 date) and two women were arrested in the September 1998 robbery and beating death.
Backpage on Billy John Galloway
Guests:
·Robert Rosenberg
A Houston attorney, he has been handling death row cases since the 1980s. As a civil rights lawyer, he has represented clients on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
· Esteban Rogelio Garcia
Raised in Bryan, Texas, Garcia was a heroin addict at 14, a convict at 19 and spent nearly two decades in and out of prison for various petty crimes before getting out for good. A self-educated lawyer, he wrote The United States Jailhouse Lawyer's Manual. Garcia is most recently the author of the autobiographical Journey Into My Soul. He lives in Texas, where he works as a legal writer and consultant.
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Kevin Varga
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
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Execution
Kevin Varga was condemned for murder of a man in Greenville, east of Dallas, during a 1998 robbery by Varga, Billy John Galloway (May 13 execution date), and two women. The women pleaded to lesser charges.
Backpage on Kevin Varga
Guests:
·Sandrine Ageorges-Skinner
French wife of Texas death row resident Hank Skinner, active in the fight to exonerate her husband and to abolish capital punishment altogether. She chairs the International Committee of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and represents TCADP on the steering committee of the World Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.
·Otis Maclay
A broadcast veteran, he usually co-hosts KPFT's The Monitor on Monday nights and is technical director of Execution Watch. A former program director of KPFT, Otis came to Houston from KPFT's sister station in New York, WBAI.
·Lavette Ulichnie
An organizer of monthly execution vigils at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church in Lewiston, Texas, near Dallas.
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Dennis Longmire
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Samuel Bustamante
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
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Execution
Bustamante was one of four people charged in the 1998 fatal stabbing of 27-year-old Rafael Alvarado of Richmond. His attorney requested clemency from the state, arguing that Bustamante received inadequate representation from his state-appointed appellate attorney, who missed critical filing deadlines and failed to conduct any additional investigation of his client's background, which included serious abuse as a child. Courts rejected Bustamante's arguments that his execution would be unconstitutional because he is retarded, with a tested IQ of 71.
Backpage on Samuel Bustamante
Guests:
·Sandrine Ageorges-Skinner
French wife of Texas death row resident Hank Skinner, active in the fight to exonerate her husband and to abolish capital punishment altogether. She chairs the International Committee of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and represents TCADP on the steering committee of the World Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.
·Robert Rosenberg
A Houston attorney, he has been handling death row cases since the 1980s. As a civil rights lawyer, he has represented clients on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union.
·Mark Miller, Fr.
The Odessa, Texas, priest leads a public vigil at St. Joseph's Catholic Church from 5 to 6 p.m. on any day the state puts someone to death.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
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William Berkley
Thursday, April 22, 2010
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Execution
Berkley, a native of Germany, was living in El Paso and had just turned 21 when he and Michael Jacques were arrested in March 2000 and charged with the murder of a woman whose body had been found in the northeast section of the city.
Backpage on William Berkley
Guests:
·Paris Carriger
On Dec. 6, 1995, he came within hours of being executed for a murder he did not commit. Carriger had been on Arizona's death row since 1978. The real murderer, whose false testimony had convicted Carriger, confessed to the crime in 1987. But by then Carriger had exhausted his rights to appeal, and the Arizona courts refused to grant him a new trial. More than a thousand letters supporting Carriger's plea for a new trial poured into Arizona. At the last moment, a federal court issued a stay. Carriger was granted a new trial by the 9th Circuit in December, 1997 because of the new evidence. In January, 1999, he accepted a plea to a lesser offense and was immediately released from prison. Further details of Carriger's ordeal are in "The Wrong Man" by Beth Hawkins and Kristin Solheim, Tuscon Weekly, December 1993.
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Dennis Longmire
·Dave Atwood
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Franklin Alix
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
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Execution
Convicted in the January 1998 slaying of a man at an apartment complex in Houston, Alix is among hundreds of defendants whose DNA evidence was submitted for retesting because of questions about the way it was processed by the Houston Police Department's crime lab. An investigation of the lab found that an analyst failed to report potentially exculpatory DNA test results from a murder that was cited in the penalty phase of Alix's capital murder trial.
Backpage on Franklin Alix
Guests:
·Steve McVicker
As a crime reporter for the Houston Chronicle, he provided extensive coverage of scandalous conditions, methods and lack of controls in the HPD crime lab. More recently, his book, I Love You Phillip Morris, about a con artist who escaped from Texas prisons four times, was made into an eponymous film starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor.
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
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Henry Watkins Skinner
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Execution
Condemned to die for the 1993 murders of his girlfriend and her two adult sons in the Texas Panhandle town of Pampa, "Hank" Skinner has always insisted he is innocent. Northwestern journalism students investigating his conviction found numerous inconsistencies in the state's case. His supporters have encountered a wall of resistance from the state their efforts to obtain testing of additional crime scene evidence gathered by police. If the execution goes on as scheduled, protesters plan to gather outside the death house in Huntsville, where our reporters will provide live coverage.
Backpage on Henry Watkins Skinner
Guests:
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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Joshua Maxwell
Thursday, March 11, 2010
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Execution
Convicted in the shooting death of an off-duty Bexar County Deputy Sheriff in an alleged three-state crime spree 10 years ago with girlfriend Tessie McFarland, who is serving a life sentence. Dubbed the "Natural Born Killers" couple, their case sold many newspapers and was fodder for the true-crime television series Wicked Attraction.
Backpage on Joshua Maxwell
Guests:
·Kobutsu Malone, Ven.
Venerable Kobutsu Malone is an ordained American Rinzai Zen Buddhist priest and co-founder of the Engaged Zen Foundation, a nonprofit that establishes contemplative meditative practices in prisons and encourages prison reform. He has been involved in death row chaplaincy since 1996, when he served as spiritual adviser for his student, Jusan Frankie Parker, during his execution by the State of Arkansas. He was spiritual adviser for another student, Amos Lee King, during his 2003 execution in Florida.
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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Michael Sigala
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
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Execution
Convicted of slaying a couple in their Plano apartment during a robbery in August of 2000. In appealing his death sentence, Sigala argued that the testimony of a psychiatrist was improperly limited at trial. Dr. Laura Slaughter had planned to testify that Sigala had a history of mental illness and suffered from bipolar disorder. The prosecution prevented the jury from hearing the diagnosis.
Backpage on Michael Sigala
Guests:
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Dennis Longmire
·Dave Atwood
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Henry Watkins Skinner
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Execution
***DELAYED TILL 3/24/2010*** Hank Skinner was condemned to die for the 1993 murder of his live-in girlfriend and her two adult sons in the small Texas town of Pampa, Henry "Hank" Skinner has always insisted he is innocent. Northwestern journalism students investigating his conviction found that Skinner's trial defense was inadequate and that forensic testing of evidence was incomplete.
Backpage on Henry Watkins Skinner
Guests:
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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Gary James Johnson
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
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Execution
Convicted of murdering ranch manager James M. Hazelton, 28, and Peter J. Sparagana, 23, in 1986, as they investigated a report of a burglary at Triple Creek Ranch outside Huntsville, Texas. Johnson's brother, co-defendant Terry Johnson, struck a deal with prosecutors that spared him from the death penalty, in exchange for testifying against Gary Johnson.
Backpage on Gary James Johnson
Guests:
·Vigil-College Station
Rich Woodward - An organizer of vigils in College Station on execution days, sponsored by the Brazos Valley chapter, Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.
·Leo Freeman
In 1973, he was the first person arrested for a capital crime in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's Furman decision. After Freeman spent 8-1/2 years on Texas Death Row, Ramsey Clark took his case, eventually getting his sentence reduced to prison time. Freeman maxed out in March 2009.
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
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Kenneth Mosley
Thursday, January 7, 2010
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Execution
Kenneth Mosley, 51, was condemned for the February 1997 shooting death of Garland, Texas, Officer Michael David Moore, who was responding to a 911 call about a robbery at a bank. Mosley's appellate attorneys argued he should have a new hearing, because his trial attorneys failed to object to victim impact testimony from the officer's wife and did not call witnesses to testify about Mosley's drug and alcohol addictions. The Supreme Court gave Mosley a reprieve in September one day before he was to be executed, but the panel later declined to hear his appeal.
Backpage on Kenneth Mosley
Guests:
·Richard D. Vogel
A political reporter and editor of the website, "From the Left," at www.combatingglobalization.com, he recently wrote the article, "The Demise of the Death Penalty in the US." On his site, Mr. Vogel follows the effects of globalization on working people and their communities. He contributes to the socialist magazine Monthly Review.
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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Bobby Wayne Woods
Thursday, December 3, 2009
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Execution
Believed by some experts to be mentally retarded, Woods was convicted and sentenced to die for the April 1997 slaying of Sarah Patterson. The girl and her 9-year-old brother were abducted from their home. She was killed when her throat was slashed. Her brother, Cody, was choked into unconsciousness but survived. Attorneys are seeking a stay so they may present evidence that Woods' execution would be unconstitutional because of diminished mental capacity.
Backpage on Bobby Wayne Woods
Guests:
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·David C. Fathi
Director of the US Program at Human Rights Watch, Fathi is a seasoned civil rights lawyer specializing in the death penalty and other criminal justice issues. Human Rights Watch seeks to defend and protect human rights by focusing international attention where rights are violated and holding oppressors accountable: http://www.hrw.org.
·Dave Atwood
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Robert Lee Thompson
Thursday, November 19, 2009
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Execution
Thompson and a co-defendant robbed a convenience store. On their way out, Thompson, armed with a .25-caliber pistol, and Sammy Butler, with a .38-caliber pistol, fired at the clerk. Butler, who was later sentenced to life in prison, shot the fatal bullet. Thompson was convicted under the law of parties and sentenced to death. He has sought clemency from Gov. Rick Perry and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles on the grounds that his punishment should not be worse than that of the person who fired the fatal shot.
Backpage on Robert Lee Thompson
Guests:
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Harold Dutton, Rep.
A Houston attorney and veteran lawmaker, Rep. Dutton is a member of the House Corrections Committee and a strong proponent of legislation to reform the Texas law of parties so that non-killers convicted under the law would not be subject to the death penalty. He has lobbied Gov. Perry to spare the life of Robert Thompson.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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Danielle Nathaniel Simpson
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
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Execution
Simpson and three teenage co-defendants were burglarizing the Palestine, Texas, home of an 84-year-old white woman on Jan. 26, 2000. When the woman came home unexpectedly. They robbed her, taped her mouth, bound her hands and feet, put her in the trunk of her vehicle, drove to the Nueces River, tied a rope with a block to her, and threw her into the river. Simpson and his co-defendants were in possession of the victim's vehicle at the time of their arrest.
Backpage on Danielle Nathaniel Simpson
Guests:
·Rick Halperin, Prof.
Prof. Halperin teaches history and human rights at Southern Methodist University, where he is director of the Human Rights Education Program. A longtime human rights activist, he is the former chairman of the board of Amnesty International and has led a number of civil disobedience actions against the death penalty at the US Supreme Court in Washington.
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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Gerald Cornelius Eldridge
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Execution
Convicted in the shooting deaths of former girlfriend Cynthia Bogany and her 9-year-old daughter, Chirrisa Bogany. Eldridge broke into Bogany's apartment and shot the daughter as she slept on a couch. After chasing Cynthia's boyfriend from the apartment, he returned to the living room and shot in the shoulder the 7-year-old son he had with Cynthia. He then chased Cynthia onto a stairwell outside the apartment and shot her.
Backpage on Gerald Cornelius Eldridge
Guests:
·Leo Freeman
In 1973, he was the first person arrested for a capital crime in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's Furman decision. After Freeman spent 8-1/2 years on Texas Death Row, Ramsey Clark took his case, eventually getting his sentence reduced to prison time. Freeman maxed out in March 2009.
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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Yosvanis Valle
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
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Execution
Valle, a Cuban national who prosecutors say joined a prison gang while incarcerated for a previous crime, was convicted of forcing his way into the Pasadena, Texas, home of Jose Martin Junco on June 7, 1999, stealing drugs, money and weapons, and shooting Junco to death.
Backpage on Yosvanis Valle
Guests:
·Randolph Roth, PhD
A professor of History and Criminology at Ohio State, he is the author of AMERICAN HOMICIDE, an exhaustive look at homicide rates in the U.S. vs. other countries since colonial times. In seeking to explain why the U.S. is the world’s most homicidal affluent society, he concludes it is largely a function of the country's youth, compared with European nations. Higher homicide rates, he says, are associated with reduced: confidence in government, trust in government officials and sense of kinship with fellow citizens.
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Dennis Longmire
·Dave Atwood
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Khristian Oliver
Thursday, November 5, 2009
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Execution
Oliver was 20 when he and three juveniles burglarized the home of an East Texas farmer on March 17, 1998. The farmer, a 64-year-old white man, came home unexpectedly, saw the burglars, got his rifle, and shot and wounded a juvenile. Oliver responded by shooting the owner with a handgun, seizing his rifle, and using it to beat him. The jury that convicted Oliver consulted the Bible during sentencing deliberations that resulted in the death penalty.
Partial Show audio
Backpage on Khristian Oliver
Guests:
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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Reginald Blanton
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Execution
According to prosecutors, Blanton and a co-defendant shot and killed a 20-year-old friend of Blanton's during an April 2000 robbery in San Antonio during which jewelry was stolen and later pawned for $79.
Backpage on Reginald Blanton
Guests:
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
·Daniel P. Wirt, MD
A Houston-area physician, he has been active for many years in efforts to abolish the death penalty and to improve health care for Americans. His political essays have appeared in CounterPunch.
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John Uzell Balentine
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Execution
On 01/21/98 in Amarillo, Texas, Balentine fatally shot 3 white males, 17 year old Edward Mark Caylor, 15 year old Kai Brooke Geyer and 15 year old Steven Brady Watson, once each in the head with a 32-caliber pistol. Balentine entered the residence during the night, and committed the murders while the victims were sleeping.
Backpage on John Uzell Balentine
Guests:
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
·Daniel P. Wirt, MD
A Houston-area physician, he has been active for many years in efforts to abolish the death penalty and to improve health care for Americans. His political essays have appeared in CounterPunch.
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Kenneth Mosley
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Execution
On February 15, 1997, Mosley murdered a white male police officer while attempting to rob a bank in Garland. Employees called police after noticing Mosley inside the bank acting suspicious. As one of the first officers to arrive at the scene, the victim entered the bank in full uniform and approached Mosley, noticing that the would-be bandit had his hand stuck in his waistband. When the officer told Mosley to show him his hands, a struggle ensued and the two crashed through a glass window. Witnesses heard several shots fired before Mosley re-entered the bank through the broken window and was shot in the wrist after flashing his pistol at a second police officer. The victim died the afternoon of the shooting. He suffered at least four bullet wounds to the torso.
Backpage on Kenneth Mosley
Guests:
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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Christopher Coleman
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
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Execution
On December 14, 1995 in Houston, Coleman and two co-defendants murdered three men during a drug deal. Four men were shot by Coleman, but one survived to identify him as the gunman.
Backpage on Christopher Coleman
Guests:
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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Stephen Lindsey Moody
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
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Execution
Convicted in the robbery and murder of 28-year-old Joseph F. Hall in Houston. Moody and a co-defendant followed Hall to his home, forced their way inside, and demanded money and drugs. While Hall, who was crippled, begged for his life, Moody shot him at close range with a sawed-off shotgun. Moody and his accomplice then fled with $1200 in cash from the home. Moody later told his co-defendant that he shot Hall because he kept trying to get up from the ground.
Backpage on Stephen Lindsey Moody
Guests:
·Scott Cobb
President of the Texas Moratorium Network, he is active in lobbying efforts to end the death penalty. He has organized lobby days, conducted grassroots training, drafted anti-death penalty legislation and organized many protests against capital punishment. A principle organizer of the annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty, he has lobbied every Texas legislature since 2001 to declare a moratorium on the death penalty.
·Dennis Longmire
·Dave Atwood
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David L. Wood
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Execution
Convicted in the abduction and stabbing death of 24-year-old Ivy Susanna Williams of El Paso. Williams was one of six female murder victims found in the desert around El Paso between June and August 1987. Wood was also indicted in the five other murders. Nearly a year after her disappearance on March 14, 1988, Williams' remains were found buried in the desert a short distance from U.S. Highway 54.
Read interview of David Wood on Associated Content (click here)
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Guests:
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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Tracy Beatty
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Execution
Convicted of: On July 25, 2003, in Smith County, Texas, Beatty strangled his mother, a sixty-two year old white female, placed her in the bathtub for two days and then buried her in a shallow grave in their backyard.
Guests:
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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Roderick Dasha Newton
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Execution
Convicted of carjacking (with another man) a 20-year old Hispanic male, forcing him to an ATM at gunpoint, then shooting and killing him.
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Guests:
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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Kenneth Mosley
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Execution
Convicted of murdering a white male police officer while attempting to rob a bank in Garland. Employees called police after noticing Mosley inside the bank acting suspicious. As one of the first officers to arrive at the scene, the victim entered the bank in full uniform and approached Mosley, noticing that the would-be bandit had his hand stuck in his waistband. When the officer told Mosley to show him his hands, a struggle ensued and the two crashed through a glass window. Witnesses heard several shots fired before Mosley re-entered the bank through the broken window and was shot in the wrist after flashing his pistol at a second police officer. The victim died the afternoon of the shooting. He suffered at least four bullet wounds to the torso.
Guests:
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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Terry Hankins
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
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Execution
On 08/26/2001, in Mansfield, Hankins shot his wife (34 year old white female) one time in the head while she was sleeping, resulting in her death. The next day, Hankins shot his stepchildren (a 12 year old white male and a 10 year old white female) in the same manner, causing their deaths. After his arrest, Hankins told authorities where to find the bodies of his 55 year old father and his 20 year old sister, whom he murdered in 2000.
Backpage on Terry Hankins
Guests:
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dennis Longmire
·Dave Atwood
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Michael Lynn Riley
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
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Execution
Riley's execution stems from the robbery and fatal stabbing of a convenience store clerk 23 years ago in Quitman. Riley turned himself in to police hours after the slaying. His execution was stayed in 2005 to allow an investigation of claims he is mentally retarded, which would make his execution unconstitutional. When Riley was a teenager, an evaluation at Terrell State Hospital put his IQ at 67. An IQ of 70 is considered the threshold for mental retardation. Riley's execution date coincides with the birthday of Malcolm X, who said: "“It isn’t the white man who is racist, but it’s the American political, economic, and social atmosphere that automatically nourishes a racist psychology in the white man.”
Backpage on Michael Lynn Riley
Guests:
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Ester King
Well-known Houston activist in the Black Power movement in the 60s.
·DeLoyd Parker
The Executive Director of SHAPE.
·Dave Atwood
·Billy Wayne Sinclair
Billy Wayne Sinclair, a former death row inmate whose sentence was commuted to life, honed his writing skills and taught himself law during 40 years in Louisiana prisons. Paroled in April 2006, he is a paralegal in Houston and author of two books based on his prison experience.
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Derrick Lamone Johnson
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Execution
Convicted in the death of a 25-year-old woman during the commission of a robbery. The courts indicated that Johnson and a co-defendant beat the victim about the head with a board and then suffocated her with a shirt and a sweater.
Backpage on Derrick Lamone Johnson
Guests:
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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Michael Rosales
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Execution
Convicted of killing a 60-year-old woman during the commission of a burglary. Rosales claimed he did not know she was home. When he was discovered, he grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed her 137 times, then struck her with a hard object resulting in her death.
Backpage on Michael Rosales
Guests:
·Les Breeding
Les Breeding has worked with political issues and the Texas Legislature for the last 25 years. He has served as the director of a peace group located adjacent to Pantex, the country's nuclear weapon assembly plant (Peace Farm); as a legislative aide and as legislative director for members of the Texas House of Representatives (John Hirschi and Lon Burnam); and as a state and national board member of the country's largest grassroots peace organization (Peace Action). He is currently a college instructor (Virginia College) and owns a consulting firm where he has conducted legislative research for litigation attorneys for the last 13 years (Capitol Research). Image Location: http://www.capitolresearch.us/email_sig/les_sig_pic3.jpg
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Jose Garcia Briseno
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Execution
(Invited Guest: LULAC Drctr Francisco Rodriguez) Convicted in the January 1991 murder of Dimmit County Sheriff Ben "Doc" Murray. Murray was killed inside his home in Carrizo Springs following a violent struggle with Briseno and his accomplice, Alberto Gonzales. The sheriff suffered numerous stab wounds with a knife found buried in his chest. He had also been shot once in the head.
Backpage on Jose Garcia Briseno
Guests:
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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Luis Salazar
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Execution
Sentenced to death for his conviction in the murder of a 28-year-old woman who was stabbed to death Oct. 11, 1997, by an intruder who sneaked into her Fort Worth home through a window.
Backpage on Luis Salazar
Guests:
·Kelly Howe
Board Member, Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed, and PhD candidate in the University of Texas at Austin's Department of Theatre and Dance, Performance as Public Practice Program. She helped present The Eye and Tooth Project in Austin.
·Kathleen Juhl
Professor of theatre at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, where she has been teaching theatre for social change since 1987.<br> Dr. Juhl is co-editor of a book entitled Radical Acts: Theatre and Feminist Pedagogies of Change
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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James Edward Martinez
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Execution
Convicted of a double murder that occurred in Fort Worth on September 21, 2000, when 20 shots were fired into a vehicle, resulting in the deaths of a 20-year-old man and and 29-year-old woman.
Guests:
·Lupe Salinas
A professor at Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law, he has been a district court judge in Houston and a federal prosecutor. His article, “Is It Time to Kill the Death Penalty?” was referenced by Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens in the 2008 Baze v. Rees decision confirming the constitutionality of lethal injection.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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Kenneth Wayne Morris
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Execution
Condemned in the fatal shooting of a Houston businessman in 1991 during a burglary gone bad. Morris's date comes nearly six years after he won a last-minute reprieve over concerns that putting him to death would violate the Supreme Court's prohibition on executing the mentally retarded.
Backpage on Kenneth Wayne Morris
Guests:
·Njeri Shakur
Njeri Shakur has been an anti-death penalty activist since participating in a 1997 memorial observance for people executed in Texas. She was one of a handful of free-world people invited by prisoners into death row in 1999 to negotiate an end to a hostage crisis.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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Willie Earl Pondexter, Jr.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
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Execution
Convicted of burglarizing the Clarksville home of an 85-year-old woman and fatally shooting her in the head. She was sleeping when Pondexter and at least one accomplice broke into her home. After shooting the woman with a 9mm pistol, the intruders took $18 from her purse and fled in her car. Cases are pending against accomplices.
Backpage on Willie Earl Pondexter, Jr.
Guests:
·Nancy Bailey
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Gabriel Solis
Associate director, Texas After Violence Project, a non-profit that seeks to understand the full effects of violent crime and capital punishment and to engage communities in thinking collectively, critically, and constructively about responses to violence.
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Johnny Ray Johnson
Thursday, February 12, 2009
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Execution
A native of Austin, he was condemned for the rape and beating death of a woman in Houston in 1995. Johnson, 51, was convicted in the death of Leah Joette Smith. She is described in court documents as a cocaine addict Johnson offered drugs in exchange for sex, then beat to death when she used the drugs and reneged.
Backpage on Johnny Ray Johnson
Guests:
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
·Christina Swarns
Directs the Criminal Justice Project of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, headquartered in New York. Her unit recently won a major victory in the case of a Texas death row prisoner.
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Dale Devon Scheanette
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
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Execution
Dale Devon Scheanette, who identifies himself as a Cajun from Monroe, Louisiana, is scheduled to be executed in the 1996 slaying of 22-year-old Wendie Prescott of Arlington, a teacher's aide.
Backpage on Dale Devon Scheanette
Guests:
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·James R. Acker
Dr. Acker is an author and a professor at the highly regarded School of Criminal Justice at SUNY-Albany. Death penalty law is a principal area of scholarship. Most recently, he co-edited the 2009 book, The Future of America's Death Penalty: An Agenda for the Next Generation of Capital Punishment Research.
·Dennis Longmire
·Dave Atwood
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David Martinez
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
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Execution
Convicted in the slayings of his girlfriend and her 14-year-old son inside their San Antonio home. Both victims were beaten to death with a baseball bat. Following his arrest in San Marcos two days after the murders, Martinez said he grabbed the bat and began to beat his girlfriend when she awoke to find him standing over her in the bedroom. Fearful that her son might discover his murdered mother, he walked into the living room where he was sleeping and struck him repeatedly in the head with the bat. He did not harm the boy's 10-year-old sister, telling her instead to go to her grandmother's home next dore and not return. No motive was offered for the killings.
Backpage on David Martinez
Guests:
·John Holbrook
John is a fine-art photographer and private investigator who has worked as a court-appointed investigator on capital murder cases in North Texas. His startling series of photographs of inmates on Texas Death Row are featured in an exhibit that opened in October 2008 at the Norwegian Opera house in Oslo, sponsored by Amnesty International. His website: <a href="http://www.holbrookphoto.com" target="New">www.holbrookphoto.com</a>.
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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Ricardo Ortiz
Thursday, January 29, 2009
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Execution
Sentenced to death after being convicted of murdering Geraldo Garcia, his cellmate at El Paso County Jail, in 1997 by administering a deliberate overdose of heroin.
Was he set up by the state? Read Jim Skelton's backpage.
Backpage on Ricardo Ortiz
Guests:
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Hooman Hedayati
An Iranian student at the University of Texas at Austin, Mr. Hedayati is president of Texas Students Against the Death Penalty and Students Against the Death Penalty. He sits on the advisory board for Campus Progress at the Center for American Progress.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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Virgil Martinez
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
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Execution
Convicted of fatally shooting a 27-year-old Hispanic female, her two children (a 3-year-old Hispanic female and a 6-year-old Hispanic male), and an 18-year-old Hispanic male during the nighttime on 10/1/96.
Backpage on Virgil Martinez
Guests:
·Kristin Houle
Executive director of Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, Ms. Houle previously served as a Soros Justice Fellow with the group, doing public education about the execution of people with severe mental illness.
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Dennis Longmire
·Dave Atwood
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Larry Ray Swearingen
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Execution
Convicted of kidnapping and strangling a 19 year old white female on 12/8/1998.
Backpage on Larry Ray Swearingen
Guests:
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·James R. Acker
Dr. Acker is an author and a professor at the highly regarded School of Criminal Justice at SUNY-Albany. Death penalty law is a principal area of scholarship. Most recently, he co-edited the 2009 book, The Future of America's Death Penalty: An Agenda for the Next Generation of Capital Punishment Research.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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Reginald Perkins
Thursday, January 22, 2009
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Execution
Convicted of strangling his 64 year old black female step-mother on 12/04/2000, resulting in her death. Her body was found in the trunk of her vehicle in a parking garage.
Backpage on Reginald Perkins
Guests:
·Linda White, Ph.D.
Dr. White is active in the Victims Outreach Program of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. The program seeks to organize anti-death penalty family members of murder victims.
·Kelly Epstein
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Dave Atwood
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Frank Moore
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
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Execution
Convicted in the January 1994 shooting deaths of Samuel Boyd, 23 and Patrick Clark, 15, outside a San Antonio nightclub. The two victims were shot with a .30-caliber rifle as they sat in a car outside the Wheels of Joy Club. Boyd was shot in the chest and Clark in the head following an argument with Moore inside the club. Both died at the scene. Prior to his arrest, Moore reportedly threatened to kill family members of witnesses if they cooperated with the police investigation.
Backpage on Frank Moore
Guests:
·Scott Cobb
President of the Texas Moratorium Network, he is active in lobbying efforts to end the death penalty. He has organized lobby days, conducted grassroots training, drafted anti-death penalty legislation and organized many protests against capital punishment. A principle organizer of the annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty, he has lobbied every Texas legislature since 2001 to declare a moratorium on the death penalty.
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Dennis Longmire
·Dave Atwood
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José Garcia Briseño
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Execution
*** DELAYED TILL APRIL 7, 2009 *** Convicted in the January 1991 murder of Dimmit County Sheriff Ben "Doc" Murray. Murray was killed inside his home in Carrizo Springs following a violent struggle with Briseño and his accomplice Alberto Gonzalez. The sheriff suffered numerous stab wounds inflicted with a butcher knife found buried in his chest. He had also been shot once in the head. Briseño and Gonzales reportedly killed Murray to avenge previous arrests he had made against them.
Guests:
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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Curtis Moore
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
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Execution
He was sentenced to death 12 years ago in the abduction-murder of Henry Truevillian in Fort Worth during a 1995 drug deal-turned-robbery. Since age 12, Moore had been in and out of state custody.
Backpage on Curtis Moore
Guests:
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Dennis Longmire
·Dave Atwood
·Bryan McCann
Has been active for the past several years in the Austin chapter of the <a href="http://www.nodeathpenalty.org" target="New">Campaign to End the Death Penalty</a>,
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Robert Hudson
Thursday, November 20, 2008
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Execution
Convicted in the May 7, 1999 stabbing death of a 35-year-old black female and the attempted murder of her 9-year-old son. Hudson caught the victim with another man and stabbed her 7 times in the upper torso with a knife. The victim's son tried to intervene and Hudson slashed him 2 times in the throat with a knife. The victim died at the scene and her son ran out of the apartment to a neighbor, who called police. Hudson was arrested at the scene.
Backpage on Robert Hudson
Guests:
·Steve Hall
Director of the Stand Down Texas Project, he was chief of staff to the Attorney General of Texas from 1983-1991 and an administrator of the Texas Resource Center from 1993-1995. A former journalist, he has worked for the U.S. Congress and several Texas legislators. The blog is at http://standdown.typepad.com.
·Nadamo Münter
A resident of Solingen, Germany, near Cologne, Nadamo is a member of Amnesty International, which gave him Hudson’s name and mailing address. Nadamo became friends with Hudson through their correspondence, which begam about a year ago.
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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Rogelio Cannady
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Execution
Convicted of: On October 10, 1993, Cannady who was serving a life sentence caused the death of a 55-year-old Hispanic male Texas prison inmate inside a medium-custody housing area at the McConnell Unit in Beeville. Cannady beat the victim who was Cannady's cellmate with a steel lock attached to a belt and kicked him repeatedly in the head with steel-toed boots. The victim who was serving 15-year sentence for murder died two days later.
Cannady was the first Texas prison inmate to be prosecuted under a 1993 statute that allows for capital murder convictions if the offender is serving 99 years or life as a result of previous murder convictions.
From TDCJ:
"The execution date for Cannady was withdrawn today [11/17/08], subject to further order of the court."
Guests:
·Sylvia Garza
Ms. Garza heads the Rio Grande Valley chapter of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. On Oct. 25, 2008, she led a contingent from the Valley to Houston for the March to End Executions. Ms. Garza's son, Robert Garza, is on death row. The Valley chapter sometimes holds a vigil in front of the Hidalgo County Courthouse in Edinburg when there is an execution. She was one of several people interviewed in the documentary, DON'T KILL MY FATHER (2010), about the ordeals of families with loved ones on Texas death row.
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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Eric Cathey
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Execution
Convicted in the September, 1995 abduction and murder of Christina Castillo in Houston. Cathey and several others abducted Castillo from the parking lot of her apartment complex and attempted to force her to tell them about her boyfriend's drug and money dealings. When Castillo refused to give them any information, she was driven to a vacant lot in northeast Houston and shot three times in the head.
Backpage on Eric Cathey
Guests:
·Lily Hughes
Active in the Austin chapter of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty.
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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Denard Manns
Thursday, November 13, 2008
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Execution
Convicted of: On 11/18/1998 in Killeen, Manns entered the home of a 26 year old white female. He sexually assaulted the victim, then shot her in the head and chest, resulting in her death. Manns took credit cards and cash from the residence and fled in the victim's vehicle. A U.S. district judge in Waco, Texas, had ordered Manns' execution, originally scheduled for Aug. 20, be delayed until Nov. 13 because he has been without counsel since his attorney was removed from the case.
Backpage on Denard Manns
Guests:
·Kelly Epstein
·Justin Cox
A reporter for the Killeen Daily Herald, Justin covered the final phase of the Manns story. Recently, he broke the story of Richard Tabler making high-profile calls from his cell on death row with a smuggled cell phone. Justin involuntarily became part of the story when Tabler called him, wanting to talk.
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Dave Atwood
·Billy Wayne Sinclair
Billy Wayne Sinclair, a former death row inmate whose sentence was commuted to life, honed his writing skills and taught himself law during 40 years in Louisiana prisons. Paroled in April 2006, he is a paralegal in Houston and author of two books based on his prison experience.
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George Whitaker III
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
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Convicted in the shooting death of 17-year-old Shakeitha Shanta Carrier of Crosby. Whitaker had been dating the victim's sister who had recently left him because of his abusive behavior. On the day of the murder, Whitaker drove to his former girlfriend's parents' home outside Crosby and told her mother, Mary, that he was returning some of her belongings. Told to leave them on the porch, Whitaker pulled a .45 caliber pistol and forced his way inside. He forced Mrs. Carrier and her 5-year-old daughter, Ashley, into the living room where he shot Mrs. Carrier once in the chest. He followed the fleeing Ashley upstairs where he confronted Shakeitha and shot her once in the head. He then pistol-whipped Ashley fracturing her skull in two places. Returning downstairs he saw Mrs. Carrier fleeing through the front door. Retrieving more bullets from his vehicle, he cornered Mrs. Carrier behind the house and shot her a second time in the chest. Both Mrs. Carrier and Ashley survived their wounds although Mrs. Carrier suffers from partial paralysis in her right arm and hand. Shakeitha died at the scene. Whitaker was traced to his apartment where he attempted to elude police by jumping out a window. Police shot him in the hip when he appeared to be reaching for a pistol.
From the Houston Chronicle
Copyright 2008 by The Houston Chronicle

The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles unanimously voted Monday to turn down condemned man George Whitaker's request for a reprieve.

The board dismissed Whitaker's appeal in which he argued that jurors should have been told that he only would be eligible for parole after he served 40 years in prison.

With all of his appeals exhausted, Whitaker, 37, is set to enter Texas' death chamber Wednesday.

He was sentenced to die for the June 15, 1994, shooting death of Shakeitha Carrier, 17, a sister of his former girlfriend Catina Carrier, who had broken off their relationship two months before.

Carrier's mother, Mary Carrier, was shot twice in the attack, and her sister Ashley, 5, was severely pistol-whipped. His execution is scheduled for Wednesday.
Backpage on George Whitaker III
Guests:
·Marilyn Gambrell
Founder of No More Victims, a program to help the children of prisoners break the family cycle of incarceration. A former parole officer and administrator for the state of Texas, Gambrell is also the author of a series of books. She was portrayed by Jami Gertz in the Lifetime movie <i>Fighting the Odds: The Marilyn Gambrell Story</i>.
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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Elkie Taylor
Thursday, November 6, 2008
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Execution
Convicted in the robbery and murder of 64-year-old Otis Flake in Fort Worth. Taylor and an accomplice forceably entered Flake's home and tied him up. The two then packed up several items from the home, including dishes, pots and pans, and a television later selling them for a total of $16. A friend of Flake's found him dead inside his bedroom later in the day. He had been strangled with two wire coat hangers.
Guests:
·Roland B. Moore III
Moore is a Yale-educated, fifth-generation Texan. A veteran of the state and federal Courts as both a trial lawyer and an appellate lawyer, he does many criminal cases and is very familiar with the writ system. He'll discuss something of great concern to capital-case defendants: the problems associated with post-conviction writs and the narrow review permitted by federal law.
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Dennis Longmire
·Dave Atwood
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Gregory Wright
Thursday, October 30, 2008
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Execution
Convicted of: On 03/21/1997, in DeSoto, Wright broke into the home of a white female. The victim was stabbed to death with a knife. Wright took many items from the home and left the scene in the victim's vehicle.

Free Greg Wright Web Page
Backpage on Gregory Wright
Guests:
·Mary Penrose, PhD
Professor Penrose is a member of the legal team that worked on Wright’s appeals. Her areas of emphasis include human rights, civil rights and habeas corpus. She teaches at Texas Wesleyan University-Fort Worth
·Peter Bellamy
Began corresponding with Wright after applying to a UK organization called Human Writes, www.humanwrites.org, which finds penpals for US death row inmates. Bellamy, a retired educator living near London, became convinced of Wright’s innocence.
·Nancy Bailey
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
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Eric Nenno
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
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Execution
Convicted in the rape and murder of 7-year-old Nicole Benton in Hockley. Nenno lured the young girl to his home and attempted to rape her. He choked her to death when she began to cry and resist. He then raped her repeatedly. Nenno hid Benton's nude body in his attic until neighbors went to police two days later and told them he had earlier been accused of fondling a child. Under questioning, Nenno confessed to killing Benton and led police to her body.
Backpage on Eric Nenno
Guests:
·Nancy Bailey
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dennis Longmire
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Bobby Woods
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Execution
Convicted of: On April 30, 1997, Woods entered the home of his ex-girlfriend through an open window. Woods sexually assaulted the 11 year old white female, then abducted her and her 9-year-old male brother. Woods severely beat the 9-year-old boy about the head, resulting in serious injury, and cutting the throat of the 11-year-old victim, resulting in her death.
Backpage on Bobby Woods
Guests:
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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Joseph Ray Ries
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
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Execution
Convicted of: On 02/22/99, in Cumby, Texas, Ries and the co-defendant broke into the residence of a 64-year old white male who was asleep at the time. They shot the victim in the head with a 22-caliber pistol and then took his car. Property belonging to the victim was later pawned.
Backpage on Joseph Ray Ries
Guests:
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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Kevin Watts
Thursday, October 16, 2008
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Execution
Convicted of: On March 1, 2002, in San Antonio, Texas, Watts entered a restaurant and fatally shot 1 Asian male and 2 Asian females. Watts then kidnapped a fourth victim, a Asian female, sexually assaulted her and took her to codefendant Bolden's residence where he allowed Bolden to sexually assault her.
Backpage on Kevin Watts
Guests:
·Nancy Bailey
·Leslie Lytle
A prominent activist in the movement to abolish capital punishment, Lytle is author of a book released this month by Northeastern University Press, "Execution’s Doorstep: True Stories of the Innocent and Near Damned". It's about the lives of five former death row inmates who are now free. Lytle has an M.A. from Antioch University, serves on the board of the Tennessee Coalition to Abolish State Killing, writes for the community newspaper in Sewanee, Tennessee, and edits the journal of the Cumberland Center for Justice and Peace, of which she is executive director. For more information, go to www.executionsdoorstep.com.
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dennis Longmire
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Alvin Andrew Kelly
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
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Execution
Convicted in the shooting deaths of three people including an 18-month old child on April 30, 1984. According to TDCJ, 'records indicate the killings may have been drug related.
Backpage on Alvin Andrew Kelly
Guests:
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
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Joseph Ries
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Execution
Convicted of: On 02/22/99, in Cumby, Texas, Ries and the co-defendant broke into the residence of a 64-year old white male who was asleep at the time. The victim was shot in the head with a 22-caliber pistol and his car was taken. Property belonging to the victim was later pawned.
Guests:
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
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William Murray
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Execution
Convicted of: On 02/10/98, in Kaufman, Texas, during the nighttime hours, a 93-year old female was beaten, strangled and raped . Law enforcement officers responded to a call concerning the victim at her residence. When the officers arrived, they found the residence to be in disarray and appeared to have been ransacked. They found the victim in the bedroom, nude from the waist down with wounds and bruising on and about her head area. The victim also had an Ace bandage tied around her neck and into her mouth, which was soaked with blood. It was stated that the victim's death was caused by strangulation and blunt force injuries. The subject confessed to entering the residence and ransacking it. The subject admitted that he physically and sexually assaulted the victim, and wrapped an Ace bandage around her face and mouth. The subject admitted he removed some change from a jar and a small knife.
Backpage on William Murray
Guests:
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
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Charles Hood
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Execution
Convicted of: The November 1989 murders of Ronald Williamson and Williamson's girlfriend, Traci Lynn Wallace, 26. The two were found shot to death inside Williamson's home in Plano, Texas. Hood was living at Williamson's home and also worked for Williamson. Following the murders, Hood attempted to cash a $500 check forged against Williamson's company account. Hood was arrested in Vergennes, Indiana while driving WIlliamson's car.
His previously scheduled execution June 17 was halted when the death warrant expired before it could be carried out. His attorneys announced Aug. 19 that they'd file a petition in civil court asking to take the depositions of former state District Judge Vera Sue Holland and former Collin County District Attorney Tom O’Connell.
They've refused to answer questions about whether they may have tainted Hood's 1990 trial by engaging in a romance.
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Guests:
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
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Gregory Wright
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Execution
Convicted of: On 03/21/1997, in DeSoto, Wright broke into the home of a white female. The victim was stabbed to death with a knife. Wright took many items from the home and left the scene in the victim's vehicle.

Wright's attorneys say approved DNA tests have excluded him as a contributor to the DNA on the knife used in the slaying. They say the new evidence, plus a recent successful polygraph test, indicate Wright is innocent, as he claims.
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Guests:
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
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Jeffery Wood
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Convicted of: On 01/02/1996, in Kerrville, Wood and one co-defendant robbed a service station, murdering the white male attendant in the process. Wood and the co-defendant took the store safe, a cash box, and a VCR containing a security tape. The value of cash and checks was estimated to be $11,350.

Wood was not in the store when his co-defendant pulled the trigger. His case raises issues about the 'party' statute which says anyone involved in a capital offense is equally culpable.
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Sidebar from the Houston Chronicle, August 20, 2008

At least three Texas death row inmates have been executed under the law of parties, which makes accomplices as liable as the actual killer in capital murder cases.

• Carlos Santana, 40, executed in 1993 for the death of 29-year-old security guard Oliver Flores during a failed $1.1 million armored car heist in Houston. His co-defendant, James Meanes, the triggerman, was executed in 1998.

• Joseph Starvaggi, 34, executed in 1987 for fatally shooting Montgomery County probation officer John Denson, 43, during a Magnolia home burglary. An accomplice, G.W. Green, 49, was executed in 1991; a third man, Glenn Martin, got life in prison.

• Doyle Skillern, 49, was executed in 1985 for the murder of Department of Public Safety narcotics officer Patrick Allen Randel. Skillern claimed an accomplice, Charles Victor Sanne, was the gunman. Sanne got a life sentence.

Source: Death Penalty Information Center and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Web site
Backpage on Jeffery Wood
Guests:
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dave Atwood
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Denard Manns
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Execution
Convicted of: On 11/18/1998 in Killeen, Manns entered the home of a 26 year old white female. He sexually assaulted the victim, then shot her in the head and chest, resulting in her death. Manns took credit cards and cash from the residence and fled in the victim's vehicle.
A U.S. district judge in Waco, Texas, ordered Manns' execution, originally scheduled for Aug. 20, be delayed until Nov. 13 because he has been without counsel since his attorney was removed from the case.
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Michael Rodriguez
Thursday, August 14, 2008
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Execution
Convicted of: While on escape from TDCJ, Rivas and 6 co-defendants robbed a sporting goods store at gunpoint. An Irving police officer was murdered outside the store as Rivas and co-defendants left the scene.
The Connally Unit, a maximum security prison southeast of San Antonio from which the Texas 7 escaped, had a history of prisoner attacks on guards and was short staffed by almost two dozen correctional officers the day of the breakout, according to published reports following the escape.
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Guests:
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·J. C. Mosier
Former HPD detective, now Administrative Chief at the Harris County Precinct 1 Constable's Office.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Brian Olsen
Executive Director of the Correctional Officers' Union
·Billy Wayne Sinclair
Billy Wayne Sinclair, a former death row inmate whose sentence was commuted to life, honed his writing skills and taught himself law during 40 years in Louisiana prisons. Paroled in April 2006, he is a paralegal in Houston and author of two books based on his prison experience.
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Leon Dorsey
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
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Execution
Convicted of: On 4/4/1994 during the night in Dallas, Dorsey entered a video store and used a 9 millimeter pistol to rob and kill a 26 year old white male employee and a 20 year old white male employee.
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Guests:
·Rick Halperin, Prof.
Prof. Halperin teaches history and human rights at Southern Methodist University, where he is director of the Human Rights Education Program. A longtime human rights activist, he is the former chairman of the board of Amnesty International and has led a number of civil disobedience actions against the death penalty at the US Supreme Court in Washington.
·Patricia Harrington
Director of the City of Houston Mayor's Anti-Gang Office.
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Dennis Longmire
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Heliberto Chi
Thursday, August 7, 2008
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Execution
29 years old. Convicted of murdering a clothing-store manager during a robbery seven years ago in Arlington, Texas.
Heliberto Chi is a citizen of Honduras. As in the case of Jose Medellin and the 50 other Mexican citizens covered by the Avena ruling, Chi was not advised of his right to consular notification when he was arrested. Unlike the Mexican citizens, however, Chi is not covered by the International Court of Justice's Avena ruling
Backpage on Heliberto Chi
Guests:
·Terence O'Rourke
An attorney, he represented the government of Hondorus in the Heliberto Chi case. He is a professor of international studies at the University of St. Thomas in Houston.
·Luis Vera
National legal advisor for the Washington-based Hispanic advocacy organization LULAC, or League of United Latin American Citizens. LULAC opposes the death penalty and promotes, among other things, equality in the treatment of Latinos by the criminal justice system.
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Billy Wayne Sinclair
Billy Wayne Sinclair, a former death row inmate whose sentence was commuted to life, honed his writing skills and taught himself law during 40 years in Louisiana prisons. Paroled in April 2006, he is a paralegal in Houston and author of two books based on his prison experience.
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Jose Medellin
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
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Execution
Convicted of gang-related murder of two girls. Was not allowed to contact the Mexican consulate.
Executed shortly before 10PM after 5-4 decision in the Supreme Court. One member of the supreme court, justice Stephen Breyer wrote however, that to permit the execution would place the US "irremediably in violation of international law and breaks our treaty promises."
Guests:
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
·Billy Wayne Sinclair
Billy Wayne Sinclair, a former death row inmate whose sentence was commuted to life, honed his writing skills and taught himself law during 40 years in Louisiana prisons. Paroled in April 2006, he is a paralegal in Houston and author of two books based on his prison experience.
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Larry Davis
Thursday, July 31, 2008
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Execution
Guests:
·Nancy Bailey
·Lee Greenwood
Active in Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement and in the Texas Democratic Party. Her late son, Joseph Nichols, was executed in Huntsville on March 7, 2007, despite the fact that his fall partner admitted to the killing. The prosecution, after successfully seeking the death penalty against Joseph’s fall partner as the shooter, changed its version of events so the gun was in Joseph’s hand. This eliminated the need to seek death under Texas’ controversial law of parties statute.
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
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Derrick Sonnier
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
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Execution
Guests:
·Piers Bannister
Death penalty team coordinator for London-based Amnesty International and author of its annual report on the death penalty.
·Marvin Zalman
Professor and interim chair, Department of Criminal Justice, Wayne State University, Detroit. His work in constitutional criminal procedure focuses on state power vs. individual liberty. Zalman was lead author of a study published in the spring 2008 JUSTICE QUARTERLY on the number of actually innocent people convicted of felonies each year in the U.S.
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
·Gloria Rubac
A long-time activist against the death penalty and leader of the Death Penalty Abolition Movement, she reports from outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
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Carlton Turner
Thursday, July 10, 2008
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Execution
Convicted of killing his parents when he was 19 in 1999.
There was substantial evidence that Carlton was severly abused by his parents.
Guests:
·Rev. Frederick D. Haynes III
Senior pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church, one of the largest churches in Dallas, with more than 8,000 members. The church is known for its works to advance social justice and to help the poor and disenfranchised. Dr. Haynes was one of three finalists in May 2008 for president of the NAACP.
·Jim Skelton
Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
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Regular Guests
· Dave Atwood  
  A member of board of directors and past president of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, he reports from TCADP's execution vigils in Houston.
· Dennis Longmire  
  Professor of criminal justice at Sam Houston State University and a frequent participant in Huntsville vigils.
· Jack Lee  
  A criminal defense lawyer in Houston
· Kelly Epstein  
  A long-time death penalty abolitionist and regular at the vigils outside the death chamber in Huntsville.
· Larry B. Douglas  
  A lifelong Houstonian, he is a criminal defense lawyer and a former assistant district attorney.
· Mike Gillespie  
  Michael D. Gillespie has over 36 years of experience In the Harris County Courts, servicing all of those who are in need of legal services in the East Houston, Texas area. He's licensed in Federal and State Courts and specializes in criminal law, family law and probate law.
· Nancy Bailey  
  Houston death penalty coordinator for Amnesty International, board member of Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.
· Pat Hartwell  
· Susan Ashley  
  A criminal defense attorney, her areas of specialty include parole law.
Hosts
· Ray Hill  
  Host and co-founder of EXECUTION WATCH, Ray did time in Texas prisons and has lost a number of friends to the Texas execution machine. Since his release in 1975, the Houston native has won four federal suits against the City of Houston for police abuses, including the landmark, First-Amendment U.S. Supreme Court decision: Houston v. Hill, in which he is referred to as "citizen provocateur." Ray's many awards include the ACLU-Houston's 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1980, he founded the unique Prison Show, which he continues to produce and host on Friday nights on KPFT.
· Jim Skelton  
  Our show's legal analyst, Jim is an educator who has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.
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