Death Penalty http://kut.org en 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 Texas Exploring 'All Options' For Execution Drugs http://kut.org/post/texas-exploring-all-options-execution-drugs <p>The Texas Department of Criminal Justice says it is exploring the use of alternate drugs in executions. The statement comes after KUT News confirmed through <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1017637-tdcj-public-information-act-request.html">a Public Information Act request</a> that&nbsp;TDCJ possesses a pair of drugs used in a controversial execution in Ohio last month: <a href="http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a609003.html">midazolam</a> and <a href="http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a682013.html">hydromorphone</a>.</p><p>"TDCJ continues to explore all options including the continued use of pentobarbital or an alternate drug(s) in the lethal injection process,"&nbsp;TDCJ spokesperson Jason Clark said in an email.&nbsp;</p><p>In the Ohio execution in January, rapist and murderer Dennis McGuire was administered a combination of midazolam, a sedative, and hydromorphone, a pain-killer derived from morphine. McGuire gasped and struggled for at least 14 minutes before dying, according to <a href="http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/01/16/mcguire-execution.html">news</a> <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/executed-ohio-killer-15-minutes-die-never-before-tried-drugs-article-1.1581821">reports</a> and <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jan/22/ohio-mcguire-execution-untested-lethal-injection-inhumane">an account by a Catholic priest </a>who witnessed it.</p><p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 01:05:36 +0000 Nathan Bernier 9775 at http://kut.org Texas Exploring 'All Options' For Execution Drugs Execution Drug Maker Wants Texas to Give It Back http://kut.org/post/execution-drug-maker-wants-texas-give-it-back <p>The owner of a compounding&nbsp;pharmacy <a href="http://goo.gl/maps/PjPHK">outside Houston</a> says he was told it was &quot;unlikely&quot; that his business would be revealed as the source of the state&#39;s lethal injection drug, pentobarbital.</p><p>Now that his <a href="http://www.twcprx.com/">Woodlands Compounding Pharmacy</a> is known to be manufacturer of the drug intended for use in this week&#39;s scheduled execution and beyond, Jasper Lovoi&nbsp;has sent <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/802492-2013-10-05-notice-and-request-re-woodlands.html">a letter</a> to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), demanding the drug&#39;s return.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lovoi&#39;s letter says he finds himself &quot;in the middle of a firestorm&quot; that he &quot;was not advised of and did not bargain for.&quot; The identities of&nbsp;</span>Lovoi<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;and his pharmacy were originally revealed by the Associated Press, which obtained the information through an Open Records Request&nbsp;<a href="http://www.statesman.com/ap/ap/crime/lawsuit-challenging-texas-execution-drugs/nbC69/">for its story</a> on the new source of pentobarbital.</span></p><p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 23:17:46 +0000 Nathan Bernier 8878 at http://kut.org Execution Drug Maker Wants Texas to Give It Back Report: Texas Executions Conducted Under Broken System http://kut.org/post/report-texas-executions-conducted-under-broken-system <p>The Texas criminal justice system is not doing everything it can to ensure the death penalty is applied fairly.</p><p>That's according to a report released today by the American Bar Association’s Texas Capital Punishment Assessment Team, which claims Texas fails to meet national standards in all phases of implementing capital punishment. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 22:45:00 +0000 Carrie Powell 8727 at http://kut.org Report: Texas Executions Conducted Under Broken System 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 Bill Would Change DNA Testing Procedures in Death Penalty Cases (Updated) http://kut.org/post/bill-would-change-dna-testing-procedures-death-penalty-cases-updated <p><strong>Update:</strong> A Texas Senate committee passed a bill last night that would require DNA testing of evidence in cases involving the death penalty.</p><p>The proposal will now go to the full senate for a vote. Wed, 10 Apr 2013 11:19:40 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia & Laura Rice 7288 at http://kut.org Bill Would Change DNA Testing Procedures in Death Penalty Cases (Updated) Bill Would Make DNA Testing Mandatory in Death Penalty Cases http://kut.org/post/bill-would-make-dna-testing-mandatory-death-penalty-cases <p>Some officials in Texas – including Attorney General Greg Abbott – want to change how the state handles DNA evidence.</p><p>Abbott says he thinks testing on DNA evidence should happen before a death penalty case goes to trial.</p><p>"If you’re innocent, you’re going to find out that your exoneration will come sooner," Abbott said. "If you are guilty, justice will be more swift and more certain." Tue, 19 Mar 2013 18:18:19 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 7004 at http://kut.org Bill Would Make DNA Testing Mandatory in Death Penalty Cases 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 The Lead: CPRIT-Funded Group Closes, County OKs Smoking Ban http://kut.org/post/lead-cprit-funded-group-closes-county-oks-smoking-ban <p>Good morning. The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ewx/">National Weather Service</a>&nbsp;still has Central Texas under a Red Flag Warning until 6 p.m. tonight. The humidity will be low and the winds are high, meaning higher wildfire danger.</p><p>Austin’s in for otherwise nice weather today, with temperatures cooling to the 60s after this week’s warm streak.</p><p><strong>Lead Story</strong>: The non-profit that got the biggest grant so far from the state’s troubled cancer-fighting agency is going out of business.&nbsp;The <a href="http://www.ctnet.org/">Clinical Trials Network of Texas</a> says it has run out of money after the taxpayer-funded <a href="http://www.cprit.state.tx.us/">Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas</a> (CPRIT) began withholding payments.</p><p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 14:53:27 +0000 KUT Staff 6395 at http://kut.org The Lead: CPRIT-Funded Group Closes, County OKs Smoking Ban The Lead: Abortion Protest at Texas Capitol, Single-Sex Schools Before AISD Board Tonight http://kut.org/post/lead-abortion-protest-texas-capitol-single-sex-schools-aisd-board-tonight <p></p><p>Good morning! With highs in the upper-70s, Austin’s in for a cloudy, breezy and muggy day,&nbsp;according to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ewx/">National Weather Service.</a></p><p><strong>Lead story</strong>: An anti-abortion protest converged on the State Capitol Saturday afternoon. Among the speakers at the “<a href="http://www.texasrallyforlife.org/">Texas Rally for Life</a>:”&nbsp;Attorney General Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Gov. Rick Perry, who said he was working to “make abortion in any stage a thing of the past.”</p><p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 15:04:11 +0000 KUT Staff 6361 at http://kut.org The Lead: Abortion Protest at Texas Capitol, Single-Sex Schools Before AISD Board Tonight Willingham's Family Seeks "Posthumous Pardon" http://kut.org/post/willinghams-family-seeks-posthumous-pardon <p></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; ">The surviving relatives of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/texas-dept-criminal-justice/cameron-todd-willingham/" style="color: rgb(0, 137, 144); ">Cameron Todd Willingham</a>&nbsp;gathered at the Capitol on Wednesday after sending an application to clear his name, 12 years after his execution for a 1991 fire that killed his three young children.</p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 19:43:49 +0000 Maurice Chammah, Texas Tribune 5441 at http://kut.org Willingham's Family Seeks "Posthumous Pardon" 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? Texas Changing Its Lethal Injection Protocol http://kut.org/post/texas-changing-its-lethal-injection-protocol <p></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; ">Texas will join a handful of states that use a single drug in lethal injections, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice announced Tuesday.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 22:24:25 +0000 Brandi Grissom, Texas Tribune 4659 at http://kut.org Texas Changing Its Lethal Injection Protocol