Death Row http://kut.org en Supreme Court Halts Execution Of Missouri Inmate http://kut.org/post/supreme-court-halts-execution-missouri-inmate The Supreme Court on Wednesday put off the execution of Russell Bucklew, a Missouri inmate who has maintained that his rare congenital medical condition would make the lethal injection procedure excessively painful.<p>Bucklew had been scheduled to be put to death at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for a 1996 murder, but <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/20/314388938/federal-court-stays-execution-of-missouri-inmate">Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito stayed the execution</a> late Tuesday, hours before it was to take place. Thu, 22 May 2014 01:15:26 +0000 Scott Neuman 10472 at http://kut.org Supreme Court Halts Execution Of Missouri Inmate With Just Hours To Go, Federal Court Halts Texas Execution http://kut.org/post/final-moments-federal-court-halts-texas-execution <strong>Update at 4:57 p.m. ET. Federal Court Halts Execution: </strong><p>With just hours to go, a federal court has halted the execution of Texas inmate Robert Campbell.<p>The execution would have been the first since Oklahoma botched one in April.<p>The ruling has nothing to do with the drug shortage that's dominated the narrative over the death penalty in the country. Tue, 13 May 2014 21:07:44 +0000 10407 at http://kut.org With Just Hours To Go, Federal Court Halts Texas Execution Texas 'Has No Plans' to Use Drug From Botched Oklahoma Execution http://kut.org/post/texas-has-no-plans-use-drug-botched-oklahoma-execution <p><strong>Update:&nbsp;</strong>After Tuesday night's<a href="http://kut.org/post/botched-oklahoma-execution-prompts-questions-about-lethal-injection"> botched execution in Oklahoma</a>, Texas corrections officials say they have no plans to use midazolam&nbsp;in future executions. M<span style="line-height: 1.5;">idazolam</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">was the first component of a three-drug cocktail administered to death row inmate Clayton </span>Lockett&nbsp;yesterday. <a href="http://kut.org/post/oklahoma-poised-use-new-drug-mixture-double-execution">Read more about the execution here</a>.</p><p>As&nbsp;KUT&nbsp;first reported in&nbsp;February, the state has supplies of m<span style="line-height: 1.5;">idazolam</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on hand. But the Texas Department of Criminal Justice says in a statement that it&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">has no plans to change our procedures. Texas does not use the same drugs as Oklahoma as we use a single lethal dose of pentobarbital and we have done so since 2012.”&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Attorneys for death row inmates in Texas have unsuccessfully tried to find out who is selling compounded pentobarbital&nbsp;to the state. They're suing in civil court and&nbsp;making a case to the Open Records Division of the Office of the Attorney General that </span>TDCJ<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> should disclose its source.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 19:57:27 +0000 Nathan Bernier 9775 at http://kut.org Texas 'Has No Plans' to Use Drug From Botched Oklahoma Execution Botched Oklahoma Execution Prompts Questions About Lethal Injection http://kut.org/post/botched-oklahoma-execution-prompts-questions-about-lethal-injection The <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/29/308081252/oklahoma-poised-to-use-new-drug-mixture-in-double-execution">botched execution</a> of death row inmate Clayton Lockett on Tuesday in Oklahoma is sparking a reassessment of lethal injection.<p><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/04/30/botched-oklahoma-execution-reignites-death-penalty-debate/">The Washington Post says</a> Lockett's aborted execution and subsequent death by heart attack, along with ongoing controversies over the drugs used and how they are administered, "have begun a whole new phase Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:23:39 +0000 Scott Neuman 10329 at http://kut.org Botched Oklahoma Execution Prompts Questions About Lethal Injection Federal Judge Orders Execution Drug Disclosure http://kut.org/post/federal-judge-orders-execution-drug-disclosure <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">A federal judge in Houston on Wednesday blocked two Texas executions, deciding that the state prison system’s refusal to disclose detailed information about drugs that will be used to kill them violates the inmates' constitutional rights.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">U.S. Judge Vanessa Gilmore issued a preliminary injunction that effectively blocked the Thursday execution of Tommy Lynn Sells and the execution of Ramiro Hernadez Llanas, which was scheduled for April 9.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box;">The Attorney General’s office notified the inmates' attorneys and the court that the state's attorneys will appeal Gilmore’s decision.</span></p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:46:59 +0000 Terri Langford, Texas Tribune 10106 at http://kut.org Federal Judge Orders Execution Drug Disclosure Mexican National Executed In Texas After Supreme Court Denies Appeal http://kut.org/post/mexican-national-executed-texas-after-supreme-court-denies-appeal Wednesday's execution of a Mexican national in Texas revived a long-running diplomatic row between the United States and its southern neighbor.<p><strong>Updated at 10:50 p.m. ET: Execution Carried Out</strong><p>The Associated Press <a href="http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/state&id=9403410" target="_blank">reports</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"A Mexican man has been executed in Texas for killing a Houston police officer, despite pleas and diplomatic pressure from the Mexican government and the U.S. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 04:56:01 +0000 9617 at http://kut.org Mexican National Executed In Texas After Supreme Court Denies Appeal Interactive: Texas' 499 Executions, Visualized by Convict & Victim http://kut.org/post/interactive-texas-499-executions-visualized-convict-victim <p><iframe height="650" src="http://public.tableausoftware.com/views/TEXAS500EXECUTIONS1/Dashboard1?:embed=y&amp;:display_count=no" width="450"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 18:39:01 +0000 Ann Choi 8220 at http://kut.org After 500th Execution, a Huntsville Death Row History http://kut.org/post/after-500th-execution-huntsville-death-row-history <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F98546373" width="100%"></iframe>Update: Kimberley McCarthy was put to death via lethal injection Wednesday evening, becoming the 500th&nbsp;prisoner to be executed in Texas since the state resumed carrying out capital punishment in 1982, following a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court. McCarthy was condemned for the murder of her neighbor, 71-year-old Dorothy Booth, during a robbery.</p><p></p><p>Earlier: Kimberly McCarthy is <a href="http://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/stat/dr_info/mccarthykimberly.html">scheduled to die</a> by lethal injection in Huntsville, Texas this evening. Her upcoming death has caught national and international attention because – if the execution is carried out – she will be the 500<sup>th</sup> person executed in Texas since the death penalty was reinstated and the fourth woman.</p><p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 18:07:53 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues & Joy Diaz 8229 at http://kut.org After 500th Execution, a Huntsville Death Row History Why This Austin Divorce Attorney Works on Death Row, Pro Bono http://kut.org/post/why-austin-divorce-attorney-works-death-row-pro-bono <p></p><p>Getting married nowadays can be really pricey. But getting divorced can be just as expensive.</p><p>In Austin, a good divorce attorney can charge anywhere between $150 and $500 an hour. When parties disagree, cases can drag on, and raise costs into the thousands of dollars. But there is one divorce attorney in Austin who offers her services for free – to a very exclusive clientele.</p><p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 16:28:02 +0000 Joy Diaz 7415 at http://kut.org Why This Austin Divorce Attorney Works on Death Row, Pro Bono Texas Executes First Death Row Inmate of 2013 http://kut.org/post/texas-executes-first-death-row-inmate-2013 <p>The State of Texas executed <a href="http://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/death_row/dr_info/bluecarl.jpg" target="_blank">48 year-old Carl Blue</a> Thursday night. He was put to death for killing his former girlfriend in 1994.</p><p>Blue was convicted of setting 38 year-old Carmen Richards-Sanders on fire at her Bryan apartment.</p><p>According to information on the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's death row website, Blue threw gasoline on Richards-Sanders when she opened the door to her apartment. He then ignited her clothes with a lighter. Blue also threw gasoline on a man in the apartment—who caught on fire when he tried to help Richards-Sanders. Fri, 22 Feb 2013 14:27:07 +0000 Laura Rice 6710 at http://kut.org Texas Executes First Death Row Inmate of 2013 Texas Inmate Put to Death After Court Reverses Reprieve http://kut.org/post/texas-inmate-put-death-after-court-reverses-reprieve <p><em><strong>Update: Thursday, Oct. 11, 6:04 a.m.:</strong></em></p><p>The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-minute appeal to spare Green from execution. Green received a lethal injection Wednesday night before 11 p.m. The warrant for his execution was set to expire at midnight.</p><p>Jonathan Green was the 10th inmate executed in Texas so far this year.</p><p><strong><em>Original Story: Wednesday, Oct. 10, 4:13 p.m.:</em></strong></p><p>A <a href="http://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/death_row/dr_info/greenjonathon.html" target="_blank">Texas death row inmate</a> is once again facing execution this evening.</p><p>Jonathan Green’s execution was blocked on Monday when a federal judge ruled on Monday that due process was violated in Green’s competency hearing. Thu, 11 Oct 2012 11:04:24 +0000 Laura Rice 5297 at http://kut.org Texas Inmate Put to Death After Court Reverses Reprieve Could IQ Score Could Halt Texas Execution? http://kut.org/post/could-iq-score-could-halt-texas-execution <p><strong><em>Update:</em></strong><em><em> Wilson was executed. The lower courts agreed with state lawyers that the results of the IQ test were faulty. The Supreme Court denied the request to stop the execution. Wilson was the seventh prisoner executed in Texas so far this year.</em></em></p><p><strong><em>Earlier: </em></strong>Attorneys for a Texas man <a href="http://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/death_row/dr_info/wilsonmarvin.jpg" target="_blank">scheduled to die Tuesday evening </a>are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the execution.</p><p>Marvin Wilson, 54, was convicted for the 1992 abduction and shooting death of a police informant &ndash; 21-year-old Jerry Williams &ndash; in Beaumont.</p><p>A psychological test found Wilson&rsquo;s IQ was 61 &ndash; which defense lawyers say indicates mental impairment and makes him ineligible for execution. State lawyers argue that the test result was faulty and that all other tests showed his IQ above the impairment threshold of 70. Wed, 08 Aug 2012 11:59:39 +0000 Laura Rice 4824 at http://kut.org Could IQ Score Could Halt Texas Execution? State Backs DNA Testing for Hank Skinner http://kut.org/post/state-backs-dna-testing-hank-skinner <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; ">Reversing its decade-long objection to testing that death row inmate Hank Skinner says could prove his innocence, the Texas Attorney General&#39;s office today filed an advisory with the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals seeking to test DNA in the case.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; ">&quot;Upon further consideration, the State believes that the interest of justice would best be served by DNA testing the evidence requested by Skinner and by testing additional items identified by the state,&quot; lawyers for the state wrote in the advisory.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; ">Skinner, now 50, was convicted in 1995 of the strangulation and beating death of his girlfriend Twila Busby and the stabbing deaths of her two adult sons on New Year&rsquo;s Eve 1993 in Pampa. Skinner maintains he is innocent and was unconscious on the couch at the time of the killings, intoxicated from a mixture of vodka and codeine.</p><p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 21:29:30 +0000 Brandi Grissom, Texas Tribune 4388 at http://kut.org State Backs DNA Testing for Hank Skinner AM Update: Texans Support Death Penalty, Summer Film Series Starts, Cattle Loose on Dallas Freeway http://kut.org/post/am-update-texans-support-death-penalty-summer-film-series-starts-cattle-loose-dallas-freeway <p><strong>Poll Finds Most Texans Support the Death Penalty</strong></p><p>A University of Texas/<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/texas-dept-criminal-justice/death-penalty/uttt-poll-life-and-death/" target="_blank">Texas Tribune poll</a>&nbsp;shows that a majority of Texans support the death penalty.</p><p>The poll found 73 percent of respondents were strongly or somewhat supportive, while 21 percent were somewhat or strongly opposed. Five percent were unsure.</p><p>According to the poll, 51 percent of Texans believe the death penalty is fairly applied. Some 28 percent disagree, and 21 percent were unsure.</p><p> Thu, 24 May 2012 12:29:38 +0000 Sam J. Ellison & Laura Rice 4316 at http://kut.org AM Update: Texans Support Death Penalty, Summer Film Series Starts, Cattle Loose on Dallas Freeway Rare Reprieve Granted to Inmate Marked for Execution http://kut.org/post/rare-reprieve-granted-inmate-marked-execution <p>The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled today to stop the scheduled execution of a convicted killer because of his mental health issues.</p><p>The state&#39;s highest criminal court gave a reprieve to 49-year-old Steven Staley. Staley&rsquo;s execution was set for Wednesday. He was convicted of the 1989 shooting death of a Fort Worth restaurant manager during a botched robbery.</p><p>Staley&#39;s attorney argued that the prisoner&#39;s IQ of 70 likely meant he was mentally impaired and therefore ineligible for execution.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 14 May 2012 21:50:06 +0000 Andy Uhler 4236 at http://kut.org Rare Reprieve Granted to Inmate Marked for Execution AM Update: The Supreme Court and Texas Death Row, Pro Day at UT, Ron Paul’s Illinois Results http://kut.org/post/am-update-supreme-court-and-texas-death-row-pro-day-ut-ron-paul%E2%80%99s-illinois-results <p><strong>Supreme Court Decision Affects Death Row Inmates?</strong></p><p>Two Texas death row inmates, including&nbsp;one who is set to be executed next week, hope a ruling yesterday from the U.S. Supreme Court will give them another chance to prove their innocence or that their crimes don&rsquo;t warrant the death penalty.</p><p>KUT&rsquo;s reporting partner, The Texas Tribune,&nbsp;<a href="http://exastribune.org/texas-dept-criminal-justice/death-penalty/supreme-court-ruling-could-affect-texas-death-row-/" target="_blank">reports</a>&nbsp;the high court&rsquo;s ruling in a&nbsp;case out of Arizona, <a href="http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/martinez-v-ryan/" target="_blank">Martinez v. Ryan</a>, could expand appeals access for inmates:</p><blockquote><p>The nation&rsquo;s highest court ruled that the failure of initial state habeas lawyers to argue that their client&rsquo;s trial counsel was ineffective should not prevent the defendant from making that argument later on.</p></blockquote><p> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 13:03:56 +0000 Carlos Morales & Tolly Moseley 3883 at http://kut.org AM Update: The Supreme Court and Texas Death Row, Pro Day at UT, Ron Paul’s Illinois Results Supreme Court Declines Duane Buck Death Row Case http://kut.org/post/supreme-court-declines-texas-death-row-case-duane-buck The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the case of Texas death row inmate Duane Buck, who alleged that race played an improper role in his death sentence. In September, the court issued a rare stay of execution while it considered the merits of the case. Monday's action lifts the stay and allows the state to set a new execution date.<p>In 1995, Buck, who is African-American, was convicted of killing two people and shooting a third. During the sentencing phase of his trial, psychologist Walter Quijano was called by the defense. Tue, 08 Nov 2011 16:34:01 +0000 Nina Totenberg, NPR 2934 at http://kut.org Supreme Court Declines Duane Buck Death Row Case Appeals Court Stays Skinner Execution http://kut.org/post/appeals-court-stays-skinner-execution <p>The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has granted a request to stay the execution of death row inmate Henry &#39;Hank&#39; Skinner. The decision comes after two letters were filed on Skinner&#39;s behalf.</p><p>Skinner&#39;s defense attorneys sent a letter to Governor Rick Perry, requesting he hold off Skinner&#39;s execution long enough to conduct DNA testing. The Innocence Project sent a similar letter to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.</p> Mon, 07 Nov 2011 20:35:31 +0000 Jessica Mahoney 2929 at http://kut.org Appeals Court Stays Skinner Execution Attorneys Ask Justice Dept. To Investigate Texas Execution Drugs http://kut.org/post/attorneys-ask-justice-dept-investigate-texas-execution-drugs <p>Lawyers for two condemned Texas prisoners are asking the U.S. Justice Department to investigate how the Texas Department of Criminal Justice has obtained drugs used in executions.</p><p>Their argument hinges on what sounds like a technicality: the address used to register the state&#39;s drug supply.</p> Wed, 30 Mar 2011 19:15:35 +0000 Matt Largey 1021 at http://kut.org Attorneys Ask Justice Dept. To Investigate Texas Execution Drugs SCOTUS: Texas Death Row Inmate Can Pursue Civil Rights Claim http://kut.org/post/scotus-texas-death-row-inmate-can-pursue-civil-rights-claim <p>The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Texas death row inmate who is seeking to have DNA evidence in his murder case tested.&nbsp; The court&#39;s decision means Hank Skinner won&#39;t be executed any time soon.</p><p>At issue in the case was not <em>whether</em> the DNA should be tested, but rather what procedures can be used in asking a court to order the testing.&nbsp; Skinner&#39;s lawyers argued their client has a right to pursue a civil rights claim for the testing.</p> Mon, 07 Mar 2011 17:13:44 +0000 Matt Largey 898 at http://kut.org SCOTUS: Texas Death Row Inmate Can Pursue Civil Rights Claim