Executions

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Six months after the Texas death chamber held its latest execution, Barney Ronald Fuller Jr. is set to die Wednesday for the 2003 shooting deaths of his neighbors in rural East Texas. If it occurs, Fuller's execution will break the longest gap between executions in Texas since 2008, when the U.S. Supreme Court was considering the constitutionality of lethal injection. It will also mark the first time Houston County has put someone to death...

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A Houston man was executed tonight for murdering two people in 1993. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice says the execution drug pentobarbital was administered to Willie Trottie at 6:13 p.m. He was pronounced dead at 6:35 p.m. In 1993, Trottie burst into the family home of his ex-girlfriend Barbara Canada and shot her to death. He also killed her brother execution-style and wounded Canada's mother and sister, according to the TDCJ's offender information .

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. Bucklew had been scheduled to be put to death at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for a 1996 murder, but Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito stayed the execution late Tuesday, hours before it was to take place. He would have been the first person to be put to death since a botched execution in...

Update: After Tuesday night's botched execution in Oklahoma , Texas corrections officials say they have no plans to use midazolam in future executions. M idazolam was the first component of a three-drug cocktail administered to death row inmate Clayton Lockett yesterday. Read more about the execution here . As KUT first reported in February, the state has supplies of m idazolam on hand. But the Texas Department of Criminal Justice says in a statement that it " 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.” Attorneys for death row inmates in Texas have unsuccessfully tried to find out who is selling compounded pentobarbital to the state. They're suing in civil court and making a case to the Open Records Division of the Office of the Attorney General that TDCJ should disclose its source.

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The owner of a compounding pharmacy outside Houston says he was told it was unlikely that his business would be revealed as the source of the states lethal injection drug, pentobarbital. Now that his Woodlands Compounding Pharmacy is known to be manufacturer of the drug intended for use in this weeks scheduled execution and beyond, Jasper Lovoi has sent a letter to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), demanding the drugs return. Lovois letter says he finds himself in the middle of a firestorm that he was not advised of and did not bargain for. The identities of Lovoi and his pharmacy were originally revealed by the Associated Press, which obtained the information through an Open Records Request for its story on the new source of pentobarbital.

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The State of Texas executed 48 year-old Carl Blue Thursday night. He was put to death for killing his former girlfriend in 1994. Blue was convicted of setting 38 year-old Carmen Richards-Sanders on fire at her Bryan apartment. 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.

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Update: Thursday, Oct. 11, 6:04 a.m.: 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. Jonathan Green was the 10th inmate executed in Texas so far this year. Original Story: Wednesday, Oct. 10, 4:13 p.m.: A Texas death row inmate is once again facing execution this evening. 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.

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Texas Inmate Put to Death Using Single-Drug Concoction The State of Texas executed Yokamon Hearn yesterday evening. He was put to death for the 1998 carjacking and murder of 23-year-old Frank Meziere in Dallas. Hearn was the sixth prisoner executed in the state so far this year. He was the first put to death using a single drug lethal injection procedure . The Texas Department of Criminal Justice switched to the single drug because of a shortage of the two other drugs normally used in lethal injections.

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Texas Executes Man who Murdered Child The State of Texas executed a man last night for killing a child in June 1999. Guadalupe Esparza was put to death for raping and strangling seven year-old Alyssa Maria Vasquez after kidnapping her in San Antonio. Esparza was the 13 th Texas inmate put to death this year. No more executions are scheduled until January. Arraignment Today in Killeen Bomb Plot

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The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has granted a request to stay the execution of death row inmate Henry Hank Skinner. The decision comes after two letters were filed on Skinners behalf. Skinners defense attorneys sent a letter to Governor Rick Perry, requesting he hold off Skinners execution long enough to conduct DNA testing. The Innocence Project sent a similar letter to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Skinner has been on death row since he was sentenced in 1995. He was charged with...

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World Series The Texas Rangers lost to the St. Louis Cardinals, 10-9 in 11 inning last night. The two are now tied in the World Series, 3-3. That forces a Game 7 of the World Series tonight in St. Louis. This is the first time in nine years that a World Series has gone gone to a seventh and deciding game. Execution of San Antonio Man Frank Garcia of San Antonio has been executed for killing both his wife and a police officer in 2001. Garcia was convicted...

Last week the state of Texas said it would no longer let condemned prisoners order practically anything they want for their last meals before execution. As we reported , "the huge meal that white supremacist Lawrence Russell Brewer ordered and then left untouched before his execution ... convinced Texas officials to end the state's traditional practice." Among the foods he was given: a bacon cheeseburger, three fajitas, a pound of barbecue, a pizza and a pint of ice cream." Here's a quick...

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Brewer Executed for Jasper Dragging Death Documented white supremacist gang member Lawrence Russell Brewer was executed in Texas yesterday. Brewer was put to death for the high-profile dragging death of James Byrd Jr., an African American man, in Jasper, Texas.

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Travis Justice of the Peace Recalling Misdemeanor Warrants Travis County Justice of the Peace Precinct Two Judge Glenn Bass is recalling about 13,500 outstanding arrest warrants for class C misdemeanors. Judge Bass said he is recalling the warrants because he learned that the constable for Precinct Two was offering payment plans to some defendants, but not all of them. Bass also said the constables office has slowed down working on the warrants because it has already met its budget for this year.

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The US Supreme Court has blocked tonights scheduled execution of Texas inmate Cleve Foster. The high court agreed this morning to consider a review the grounds for Fosters appeal of his death sentence. Fosters execution would have been the first in Texas to use pentobarbital as part of its lethal three-drug mix. This stay does not have to do with the litigation surrounding the lethal injection and the new protocol adopted by the TDCJ [Texas Department of Criminal Justice], said Maurie Levin,...

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A lawsuit has been filed in Travis County District Court on behalf of two Texas inmates who want the states new execution procedure to be declared void. Prison officials recently switched one of the three drugs they use for lethal injections. Maurie Levin, who represents death row inmates Cleve Foster and Humberto Leal, says the Texas Department of Criminal Justice rushed its decision and made it behind closed doors.

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