Tribpedia: Death Penalty

The death penalty is the ultimate punishment for capital murder convictions in Texas, which leads the nation in the number of executions since the practice resumed in 1976.

The state has adopted various methods to administer the death penalty over the years, including hanging (1819-1923), electrocution (1924-1964) and lethal injection (1977-today), according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's ...

Supreme Court to review Texas death penalty case

Death row inmate Erick Davila, convicted of murdering a Fort Worth woman and her 5-year-old granddaughter in 2008.
Death row inmate Erick Davila, convicted of murdering a Fort Worth woman and her 5-year-old granddaughter in 2008.

The U.S. Supreme Court will review the death penalty case of a Fort Worth man who shot and killed a 5-year-old girl and her grandmother at a children’s birthday party. The high court ruled Friday it would look into a legal distinction between ineffective lawyering in the trial court and during state appeals.

Robert Pruett, 33, was sentenced to death in 2002 for the murder of correctional officer Daniel Nagle. Pruett says he was framed by corrupt guards and inmates while the prison employee union says chronic understaffing led to Nagle's murder.
Robert Pruett, 33, was sentenced to death in 2002 for the murder of correctional officer Daniel Nagle. Pruett says he was framed by corrupt guards and inmates while the prison employee union says chronic understaffing led to Nagle's murder.

Prison Guard's Convicted Killer Wins Another Execution Stay

Robert Lynn Pruett, convicted in the 1999 stabbing death of a state correctional officer, has won another stay of execution from a Court of Criminal Appeals judge. His lethal injection was set for August 23.

Mitzie and Danny Wood, parents of Jeff Wood, at a rally last month at the Governor's mansion. Their son, Jeff, awaits his execution, sent to death row under the controversial law of parties statute.
Mitzie and Danny Wood, parents of Jeff Wood, at a rally last month at the Governor's mansion. Their son, Jeff, awaits his execution, sent to death row under the controversial law of parties statute.

Texas Prepares to Execute A Man Who Killed No One

Jeff Wood was outside in a pickup when his partner killed a Kerrville convenience store clerk in 1996, but he was sentenced to death under Texas' felony murder statute, commonly known as the law of parties.

Dillion Gage Compton allegedly attacked and killed Correctional Officer Mari Johnson on Saturday, July 16th, 2016, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
Dillion Gage Compton allegedly attacked and killed Correctional Officer Mari Johnson on Saturday, July 16th, 2016, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Investigators Identify Inmate Suspected in Prison Guard's Death

Inmate Dillion Gage Compton, 21, who worked in the prison's kitchen area, attacked and killed correctional officer Mari Johnson, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice alleged in a statement Monday.