Law of Parties Bill Referred to Senate Jurisprudence Committee

The Law of Parties death penalty reform bill HB 1340 by Rep Jeff Leach, Rep Harold Dutton and 8 other co-authors and that passed the House on an overwhelming vote has been referred to the Senate Committee on Jurisprudence. It must still have a hearing in the committee, then pass the committee, and go to…read more

Law of Parties Death Penalty Reform Bill Passes Texas House in Overwhelming Vote

The bill by Representative Jeff Leach would prohibit the imposition of the death penalty in law of parties cases in which the person charged under the law of parties did not kill anyone or intend anyone to be killed. It passed the full House on second reading 139-4. It passed on third reading the next…read more

Rep Jeff Leach Speaks on Bill to End Death Penalty in Law of Parties Cases

Texas State Rep Jeff Leach, a Republican, in this video makes a persuasive argument for his bill to end the death penalty in law of parties cases at the hearing of the Texas House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence on April 6, 2021. He also made it clear that it is his legislative intent that the…read more

Hearing Set on Bills to End Death Penalty Under Law of Parties

The House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence will hold a hearing on Tuesday April 6, 2021 to consider bills filed by State Rep Harold Dutton and another filed by State Rep Jeff Leach that would prohibit death sentences under the law of parties. People can attend the hearing which is set to start at 1PM in…read more

22nd Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty

If you would like to donate to the annual march, you can do so here. The 22nd Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty will be held in Austin, Texas on October 30, 2021 at 2 PM. After an online march last year because of the pandemic, we expect to be able to hold an…read more

Elsa Alcala 21st Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty

The 21st Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty was online this year October 10, 2020 in order to keep everyone as safe as possible during the pandemic. Here is one of the speakers, Elsa Alcala, a former Republican judge on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Sponsors included: Austin Abolitionists, Texas Death Penalty Abolition…read more

Terri Been Testifying in Support of Law of Parties Reform Bills

Terri Been, sister of Jeff Wood, testifying before Texas House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence on April 17, 2017 in support of law of parties reform bills. Under the provisions of the bills, a death sentence could not be sought or imposed on a defendant whose liability for a capital felony offense was based solely on…read more

Texas State Senator Eddie Lucio Jr Files Bill to Abolish Texas Death Penalty

Texas State Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr has again filed a bill (SB 597) to abolish the death penalty in Texas. This is the second session he has filed his abolition bill. When Senator Lucio filed similar legislation in 2015, it was the first time a state senator had ever filed legislation to completely abolish the death penalty in Texas. Senator…read more

Petition to Stop Execution of Jeff Wood, Who Did Not Kill Anyone

Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark said Monday the agency has received court documents setting 42-year-old Jeffrey Wood for lethal injection Aug. 24. Wood was convicted under the Texas law of parties, which makes the participant in a capital murder equally culpable of the crime. Evidence showed his roommate, Daniel Reneau, fatally shot…read more

Top 10 Texas Death Penalty News Stories of 2015

1) Alfred Dewayne Brown was exonerated and released after more than ten years on Texas death row for a crime he did not commit. He walked free and into the loving arms of his family and friends on June 8, 2015. “I went in an innocent man and I came out an innocent man,” said Brown….read more

Did Texas Execute an Innocent Person in 2015?

Lester Bower, who had a strong case of innocence, was executed on June 8, 2015  after 31 years on Texas death row. He spent more time on death row than any other person executed in Texas. Bower maintained his innocence to the end. According to Jordan Smith of The Intercept, “serious questions remained about the state’s investigation and prosecution of Bower….read more

Donate to Texas Death Row Survivor Alfred Dewayne Brown

After more than ten years on Texas death row for a crime he did not commit, Alfred Dewayne Brown walked free and into the loving arms of his family and friends on June 8, 2015. “I went in an innocent man and I came out an innocent man,” said Brown. Now, he needs your help…read more