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11 -  General Death Penalty / Stays of Execution / Re: Larry Swearingen - TX - Who Knows When?

Started by antionette - Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper on: February 10, 2016, 09:45:34 AM

TCCA refuses to rehear DNA request in slaying case


The state's highest criminal court has refused to reconsider its ruling reversing a trial court judge's decision that would have allowed additional DNA testing of evidence a condemned killer contends could show he's not responsible for the slaying of suburban Houston college student in 1999.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, without comment Wednesday, refused to rehear arguments from 44-year-old death row inmate Larry Swearingen.

The court last October for a second time overturned a Montgomery County judge's decision permitting the new tests. Swearingen's attorneys contend the test results could change the outcome of his trial for the abduction, rape and strangling of 19-year-old Melissa Trotter.

Her body was found in January 1999 in the Sam Houston National Forest nearly a month after she disappeared from a Conroe college.

www.texastribune.org

If you think this is getting monotonous...you are absolutely right.    ::)

12 -  General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Gustavo Julian Garcia - TX - 2/16/16

Started by Grinning Grim Reaper - Last post by Observer on: February 10, 2016, 09:29:25 AM

A note from The Supremes
(ORDER LIST: 577 U.S.)
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2016
REHEARING DENIED
15-6557 GARCIA, GUSTAVO J. V. STEPHENS, DIR., TX DCJ (15A786) The application for stay of execution of sentence of death presented to Justice Scalia and by him referred to the Court is denied. The petition for rehearing is denied.

13 -  General Death Penalty / South Dakota Death Penalty News / SD: Death penalty repeal bill introduced. UPDATE: Bill dies in committee

Started by Rick4404 - Last post by Rick4404 on: February 10, 2016, 08:28:09 AM

A bill to repeal the death penalty in South Dakota will again be considered by state lawmakers this year. Senate Bill 94 was introduced by a group of nine state senators and 15 state representatives on January 26, 2016. The bill has been referred to the Senate State Affairs Committee, which has not scheduled a hearing on the bill.  All bills and resolutions that are introduced in South Dakota are guaranteed to get at least one public hearing before one of the standing committees.  However, the committee has several choices as far as acting on the bill goes. Following testimony, the committee will discuss the bill and then vote whether or not to vote it out of committee and back onto the floor for a final vote. 

http://legis.sd.gov/docs/legsession/2016/Bills/SB94P.pdf

http://legis.sd.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=94&SearchString=death&Session=2016

14 -  General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Gustavo Julian Garcia - TX - 2/16/16

Started by Grinning Grim Reaper - Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper on: February 10, 2016, 06:43:46 AM

IN THE COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS OF TEXAS

EX PARTE GUSTAVO JULIAN GARCIA ON APPLICATION FOR WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS AND MOTION TO STAY THE EXECUTION

This is a subsequent application for a writ of habeas corpus filed pursuant to the provisions of Texas Code of Criminal Procedure and a motion to stay applicant’s execution.

In December 1991, a jury found applicant guilty of the offense of capital murder. The jury answered the special issues submitted pursuant to Texas Code of Criminal Procedure and the trial court, accordingly, set applicant’s punishment at death.

After reviewing the application, this Court has determined that applicant has failed to meet the dictates of Article 11.071, § 5. Accordingly, we dismiss the application as an abuse of the writ without considering the merits of the claim, and we deny applicant’s motion to stay his execution.

IT IS SO ORDERED THIS THE 9th DAY OF FEBRUARY, 2016.

15 -  General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Terry Darnell Edwards - TX - 5/11/16

Started by Grinning Grim Reaper - Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper on: February 10, 2016, 06:36:30 AM

Killer at Dallas-area Subway store holdup set to die in May


HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A 42-year-old man sent to death row for a fatal shooting during a Dallas-area sandwich shop robbery in 2002 has received an execution date.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark said Tuesday convicted killer Terry Darnell Edwards is scheduled for lethal injection May 11. The U.S. Supreme Court in November refused to review his case.

Edwards was convicted of killing 26-year-old Mickell Goodwin at a Balch Springs Subway store where she worked. The store manager, 34-year-old Tommy Walker, also was gunned down.

Evidence showed Edwards had been fired from the sandwich store a few weeks before the July 2002 shootings. About $3,000 was taken in the holdup.

Edwards is among 10 inmates scheduled for execution in the coming months in Texas, the nation’s most active death penalty state.

www.dallasnews.com

17 -  General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Terry Darnell Edwards - TX - 5/11/16

Started by Grinning Grim Reaper - Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper on: February 09, 2016, 12:07:47 PM

On July 8, 2002 in Dallas, Edwards and co-defendant Kirk Edwards entered a restaurant, fatally shot an adult male and an adult female, took money from the cash register and fled the scene.

www.tdcj.state.tx.us/death_row/dr_scheduled_executions.html

18 -  General Death Penalty / U.S. Death Penalty Discussion / Re: Bill to reinstate death penalty filed in Illinois

Started by Rick4404 - Last post by Rick4404 on: February 04, 2016, 06:41:31 PM

While new governor Bruce Rauner supports capital punishment this bill is a long, long way from passage.  Both the Illinois House and Senate are controlled by democrats and the bill itself has been sitting stagnant in the House Rules Committee for almost a year.  However one can always hope!

Disgraced former governor George Ryan commuted every death sentence in the hopes that the Feds would go easy on him.  That didn't work as Ryan cooled his heels in a federal penitentiary for several years for misconduct as secretary of state.   :D

I tend to agree with you. One would think, however, given the uptick in violent murders in Chicago that have made national headlines would get some lawmakers in Illinois to at least advance the bill for further consideration.  I also understand the bill greatly limits the number of aggravating circumstances under which a death sentence could be imposed. 

The state's last execution took place in 1999 at the Stateville Correctional Center. Until Gov. Quinn signed the legislation to abolish capital punishment in the state, Illinois' execution site was moved to the Tamms Correctional Center in downstate Tamms, Ill. The execution facility there has since been repurposed for other uses.

I realize the Democrats have strong majorities in the Illinois House and Senate; but hopefully, this bill will see the light of day soon. Get it out of the Rules Committee and on to the Judiciary Committee so the real work can begin.

19 -  General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Gustavo Julian Garcia - TX - 2/16/16

Started by Grinning Grim Reaper - Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper on: February 04, 2016, 12:20:24 PM

Death row inmate recalls escape attempt


The Associated Press
 
HUNTSVILLE (AP) - For Gustavo Garcia, the worst part about failing to complete his escape from Texas' death row was learning one of his partners died after becoming the first to break out since the Bonnie and Clyde era.

"I was hoping he'd gotten away," Garcia said of fellow convict Martin Gurule. "It would have made everything worthwhile for me."

Garcia, 26, and Gurule, 29, were among seven condemned murderers who slipped away from death row Thanksgiving night by cutting through a recreation yard fence with a hacksaw blade. Then they climbed to a roof and crawled the length of the Ellis Unit prison before scrambling to the ground.

They raced across a grassy area and over the first of two 10-foot chain-link fences topped with razor wire before guards in nearby towers spotted them and opened fire.

Gurule was the only one to scale the second fence and disappear into the foggy night.

Gurule drowned shortly after the escape. His body was found Dec. 3 by a pair of off-duty prison employees fishing in a 15-foot-deep creek a couple of miles from the prison.  :P

The discovery ended the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's intense hunt for the first inmate to escape from Texas death row since a Bonnie and Clyde gang member broke out in 1934.

"I don't regret trying to escape," Garcia told The Associated Press in an interview that marked the first time any of the six surviving escapees has spoken publicly about the break. "It was worth the try. At least I can say I tried."

Asked to compare the escape with the prospect of lethal injection, Garcia replied: "Facing execution is scarier."

He declined to get into specifics of the getaway planning, saying only that it had been discussed for some time and that they decided to take advantage of what they perceived as lax security.

"I was surprised at how easy it was," he said.  ;D

"Just run," he said of the death row inmates' strategy. "I know a lot of people thought there was this big old conspiracy, officers helping, outside help. It was nothing like that."

Asked if he would try to escape again, Garcia responded: "No. I think once is enough."
 
www.amarillo.com

20 -  General Death Penalty / U.S. Death Penalty Discussion / Re: Bill to reinstate death penalty filed in Illinois

Started by Rick4404 - Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper on: February 03, 2016, 10:39:15 AM

While new governor Bruce Rauner supports capital punishment this bill is a long, long way from passage.  Both the Illinois House and Senate are controlled by democrats and the bill itself has been sitting stagnant in the House Rules Committee for almost a year.  However one can always hope!

Disgraced former governor George Ryan commuted every death sentence in the hopes that the Feds would go easy on him.  That didn't work as Ryan cooled his heels in a federal penitentiary for several years for misconduct as secretary of state.   :D

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