Tag: capital murder

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Capital murder is one of the most serious crimes that can be committed in the state of Texas. Understanding the laws can help with your defense. According to Texas law, all types and degrees of murder are classified as a criminal homicide. Any crime of murder is serious, and if issued a conviction, it can…

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The latest twist in the long-running saga of Texas death row inmate Rodney Reed again raises troubling questions about the state’s reliance on the death penalty. Reed’s impending execution two years ago sparked an international outcry with calls for a reprieve ranging from Senator Ted Cruz to the singer Beyoncé, the Texas Observer reported. This…

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Medical professionals are charged with saving lives. However, on occasions, hospitals provide the cover for killings. Earlier this month, a Texas nurse was convicted of capital murder over the deaths of four patients. Prosecutors said he deliberately injected the patients with air after heart surgeries. A report on NBC News stated the jury in Smith…

A defendant’s mental illness makes him or her less morally culpable of a crime and should be taken into consideration as a reason to avoid the death penalty, according to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. However, states can and do execute defendants who suffer from mental illnesses. Texas is no exception. The Death Penalty Information Center lists…

lethal injection

Cesar Fierro spent four decades on death row in Texas. The threat of the death penalty was abruptly removed in late December when Texas’ highest ranking court decided he was given faulty jury instructions at his trial. Judges at the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals vacated the Mexican national’s death sentence in December, citing incorrect…

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It’s rare for a child as young as 12 to be charged with a serious offense but in Texas, a boy is facing a possible sentence of 40 years in prison over the fatal shooting of a boxer. The 12-year-old was charged with capital murder over the shooting death of a 24-year-old professional boxer in…

lethal injection

A 66-year-old man in a wheelchair who claimed his veins would not handle a lethal injection failed to halt his death by lethal injection in Texas. Danny Bible was executed last month almost 40 years after the body of 20-year-old Inez Deaton was found in a field near a car wash in Harris County. Bible…

court of criminal appeals texas

A Texas man who was convicted of the murder of a Putt-Putt golf course assistant manager has been granted a stay of execution by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Paul Storey, 32, was convicted in 2008 for the murder of Jonas Cherry. He was scheduled to die this month, but concerns that defense attorneys…

John Battaglia

A former accountant from Dallas who murdered his two daughters in 2001, has been moved from death row as a fight goes on to prove his mental incompetency. The Dallas Morning News reported on how John Battaglia had been due to be executed in March but won a stay of execution in the 5th U.S….