iOS app Android app

Texas Executions

Texas Executes Man For Killing Woman Over Drug Tax

AP | Posted 03.12.2015 | Crime

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- A Mexican Mafia hit man convicted of beating and strangling a San Antonio woman because she didn't pay the gang's 10 percent...

Texas Mexican Mafia Enforcer Set To Be Executed This Week

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 03.10.2015 | Crime

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A gang enforcer convicted of beating and strangling a San Antonio woman who refused to pay a Mexican Mafia-imposed tax on h...

'Texas 7' Prison Escapee Who Murdered Cop To Be Executed

AP | Posted 02.04.2015 | Crime

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- A Texas inmate is scheduled to be executed for killing a suburban Dallas police officer after he and six others broke out of...

Amanda Terkel

Conservatives Call On Rick Perry To Halt Execution Of Mentally Ill Inmate | Amanda Terkel | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of conservative leaders is mounting a last-minute effort to stop Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) from executing inmate Scott Panetti, ...

When Texas Descends Into Hell: The Vulnerability of Scott Panetti

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 01.11.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

In order to be competent enough to be executed, Scott must understand why he is being executed. Presently, Scott thinks that he is being executed for being a preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Two Executions Planned In Texas, Missouri, As Overall U.S. Executions Drop

Reuters | Posted 12.28.2014 | Crime

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas, Oct 28 (Reuters) - Two U.S. inmates convicted of murder as teenagers are scheduled to be put to death...

Identities Of Execution Drug Pharmacists Should Be Shielded: Prosecutors

AP | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS | Posted 10.02.2014 | Crime

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio prosecutors want the identities of pharmacists who create specialty doses of execution drugs shielded and say doctors who...

Texas Executes Woman Who Starved Girlfriend's Child

AP | Posted 09.17.2014 | Crime

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas woman convicted of the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend's 9-year-old son a decade ago was executed We...

Texas Executes 8th Prisoner Of Year

AP | Posted 09.10.2014 | Crime

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- Texas has executed a man for killing his former common-law wife and her brother more than two decades ago in Houston. For...


Reuters | Posted 11.10.2014 | Crime

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Texas plans to execute Willie Tyrone Trottie on Wednesday for killing two people ...

Execution Halted

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 06.02.2014 | Crime

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday threw out a ruling requiring the Texas prison system to disclose more information about where it...

Texas' Big Execution Drug Secret May Stay Secret

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 04.02.2014 | Crime

HOUSTON (AP) — Two days before Texas is set to execute its first inmate with a new batch of drugs, the state prison agency remained determined Tuesd...

Texas Finds New Supply Of Execution Drugs

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 03.20.2014 | Crime

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas has obtained a new batch of the drugs it uses to execute death row inmates, allowing the state to continue carrying out death s...

15 Women Have Now Been Executed In The U.S (UPDATED)

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 09.18.2014 | Crime

Since the Supreme Court lifted the ban on capital punishment in 1976, 15 women have been executed. Wednesday night marked the most recent. Lisa...

Victim's Dad Says Murderer's Execution 'Was Way Too Easy'

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 09.27.2013 | Crime

HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- A South Texas man was put to death Thursday for a slaying 14 years ago in which the victim was bound with shoelaces and strips of...

Texas Running Out Of Execution Drug

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 10.01.2013 | Crime

HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- The nation's most active death penalty state is running out of its execution drug. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said...

Texas Rises As Conservative Battleground

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson and Ryan Grim | Posted 06.27.2013 | Politics

While national political observers talk about shifting demographics and political dynamics that are slowly pushing Texas closer to tossup territory, R...

Reporter Reflects On Hundreds Of Executions He's Seen

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 08.26.2013 | Crime

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — About once every three weeks, I watch someone die. Beginning in 1984 when I arrived in Texas for The Associated Press, I've...

A History Of Capital Punishment In Texas

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 08.25.2013 | Crime

-- Milestones in capital punishment in Texas: 1819 - George Brown is first person executed in Texas, by hanging. 1863 - Chipita Rodriguez is fi...

Texas Execution: Routine or 'Awesome'?

Martin Clancy | Posted 06.28.2013 | Crime
Martin Clancy

Texas conducted its fourth execution of the year Thursday night, an event now so routine that the state's major newspapers didn't even send reporters.

Richard Cobb Executed For Texas Store Abduction Slaying

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 06.25.2013 | Crime

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — A Texas inmate was executed Thursday evening for fatally shooting one of three people he and a partner abducted during a con...

Man With 61 IQ To Be Executed After SCOTUS Denies Request To Stay

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 10.07.2012 | Crime

UPDATE: Marvin Wilson was executed Tuesday evening after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected arguments that he was too mentally impaired to qualify for th...

Rick Perry Responds To Supreme Court's Decision In Death Penalty Case

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry -- who as Texas governor has overseen the execution of 235 convicted killers -- said Friday that he “resp...

Celebrating The Interruption Of Death

Shane Claiborne | Posted 11.16.2011 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

It is this dual conviction that no one is above reproach and that no one is beyond redemption that lies at the heart of our faith. Undoubtedly it's why the early Christians were characterized by non-violence.

Death from Cluelessness: State Killing Machines and the Penalty of Indifference

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Carl Sagan famously said that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. The claim that killing prisoners acts as a deterrent or keeps police safe is indeed extraordinary.