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Texas Executions

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...

SET FOR EXECUTION

Reuters | Posted 09.10.2014 | 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.

Welcome to Texas: The Death Penalty State

Rachel Farris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rachel Farris

As the case against Cameron Todd Willingham, executed in 2004, sinks like a rock, the truth has started to float to the top and the rats are streaming out from all sides, led by none other than Texas Governor Rick Perry.

Trial and Error: Houston, We've Got a Problem

Lynne Glasner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lynne Glasner

As Morgenthau steps down as DA, one of the three primary contestants stands out. Richard Aborn has a track record of working for reform.

Texas Ruling Signals Halt to Executions Indefinitely

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Signaling an indefinite halt to executions in Texas, the state's highest criminal appeals court late Tuesday stayed the lethal injection of a 28-year-...