Earlier today, the jury in the capital murder trial of Willie Roy Jenkins sentenced him to death for the 1975 murder of Sheryl Ann Norris in San Marcos. It was the first new death sentence in Hays County in 20 years and occurred after nearly two weeks of testimony in the punishment phase of the trial, according [...]
Last night, June 12, 2013, the State of Texas executed Elroy Chester for the 1998 shooting death of Port Arthur firefighter Willie Ryman III, who discovered Chester sexually assaulting his nieces during a home invasion. He was convicted in Jefferson County. Chester pled guilty to Ryman’s murder and admitted to four other slayings during a six-month crime [...]
Must-see powerful new video: “A Broken Promise in Texas: Race, the Death Penalty and the Duane Buck Case”
Racial bias has no place in the administration of justice – tell that to Harris County, Texas. Duane Buck, sentenced to death in Harris County in 1997, may soon be at risk of execution despite the fact that his death sentence is the clear product of racial discrimination. A powerful new video – narrated by former Texas [...]
The State of Texas is scheduled to carry out two executions this month, including its likely 500th execution since 1982.
Late this afternoon, May 31, 2013, the jury in the capital murder trial of Micah Crofford Brown determined that he should be put to death for killing his ex-wife, Stella Michelle “Doc” Ray, in 2011. This is the first death sentence out of Hunt County since 2007. Read more about the case from the Herald Banner. [...]
*Updated June 4, 2013* According to the Associated Press, the U.S. Supreme Court has ordered the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review six Texas death penalty cases – including four from Harris County – in light of last week’s ruling in Trevino v. Thaler. One of the cases involves an inmate who was [...]
A Dallas County jury has sentenced Naim Rasool Muhammad to death for drowning his two young sons, Elijah and Naim, in 2011. The jury deliberated for less than 10 minutes before convicting Naim Muhammad of capital murder. After hearing closing arguments in the penalty phase of the trial earlier today, the jury returned three hours later [...]