Five Death Row Exonerees at the Texas Governor’s Mansion

Five Death Row survivors from Witness to Innocence at the 19th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty October 20, 2018 in front of the Texas Governor’s Mansion. Albert Burrell, Derrick Jamison, Ron Keine, Gary Drinkard, Shujaa Graham. We owe them a debt of gratitude for traveling to Austin as living examples of innocent people…read more

Five Death Row Exonerees to Speak at 19th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty

Thank you to Witness to Innocence for sending five death row exonerees to speak at the 19th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty. Come hear their stories at the Texas Capitol in Austin on October 20, 2018 at 2 PM. They are: Ron Keine who spent years on death row in new Mexico, Gary…read more

Speakers at 18th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty

The 18th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty will be held in Austin, Texas on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 2pm at the Texas Capitol. We will also hold a press conference inside the Capitol at 12:30pm in the Speaker’s Committee Room (2W.6).       Speakers at the march and/or the press conference…read more

Journey of Hope Coming to 18th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty October 28, 2017

Journey of Hope…from Violence to Healing, an organization led by murder victim family members that conducts public education speaking tours and addresses alternatives to the death penalty, will be at the 18th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty on October 28, 2017 in Austin, Texas. Pictured above Journey members hold a banner at the march…read more

Major Film Planned on Todd Willingham – Innocent Person Wrongfully Executed by Texas

From Deadline.com Jack O’Connell and Laura Dern have been set to star in Trial by Fire, a fact-based drama that Ed Zwick will direct. Oscar-winning Precious scribe Geoffrey Fletcher wrote the script, adapted from the 2009 article in The New Yorker that won David Grann the Polk Award. Zwick will produce through his Bedford Falls…read more

Rep. Terry Canales Files Updated Law of Parties Bill in Special Session

State Rep Terry Canales has filed a new law of parties bill in the special session. HB 252 is different from the bills in the regular session. It adds a section that directs the jury “to determine based on the evidence admitted at the guilt or innocence stage whether the defendant is guilty of the…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

Selwyn Davis, on Texas Death Row from Austin, Commits Suicide

Gloria Rubac of the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement visited Texas death row this weekend and learned that Selwyn Davis had committed suicide. Davis had been sentenced to death in an Austin courtroom. Gloria wrote on Facebook: “Dear Friends, It was with great sadness that I found out today about another suicide on Texas death row….read more

Texas Executes 483rd Person – Yokamon Hearn

Today Texas executed Yokamon Hearn.  He was the first person executed with a newly adopted single drug method. Texas had to change from a three drug method to a single drug method because of pressure applied by death penalty opponents to companies who manufacture the drugs and to governments in countries where the drug companies are located. Switching…read more

July 18th Scheduled Execution of Yokamon Hearn in Texas

On Wednesday, July 18, Texas is scheduled to execute Yokamon Hearn. If the execution is carried out, he will be the first person executed with the newly adopted single drug method. Texas had to change from a three drug method to a single drug method because of pressure applied by death penalty opponents to companies who manufacture…read more