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 ...

State Rep. Toni Rose, D-Dallas, announces a bill on March 7, 2017, that would make it illegal to sentence to death someone who is severely mentally ill.
State Rep. Toni Rose, D-Dallas, announces a bill on March 7, 2017, that would make it illegal to sentence to death someone who is severely mentally ill.

Bill to bar death penalty for mentally ill faces uphill battle

State Rep. Toni Rose, D-Dallas, has filed long-shot House Bill 3080, which would prevent offenders proven to have had a severe mental illness at the time of their crime from being sentenced to death in a capital murder case. 

 

State Rep. James White, R-Hillister, speaks on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives on April 29, 2015.
State Rep. James White, R-Hillister, speaks on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives on April 29, 2015.

Despite state budget woes, Republican lawmaker wants funds for death penalty attorneys

Rep. James White's House Bill 1676 would create a state-funded office to represent death-sentenced inmates who can’t afford their own lawyer in their direct appeals to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

Mitzie and Danny Wood, parents of Jeff Wood, at a rally in July 2016 at the Governor's mansion. Their son, Jeff, was sent to death row under the controversial law of parties statute.
Mitzie and Danny Wood, parents of Jeff Wood, at a rally in July 2016 at the Governor's mansion. Their son, Jeff, was sent to death row under the controversial law of parties statute.

Texas lawmakers aim to eliminate death penalty for convicts who didn't kill

At least two Texas Democrats and one Republican are pushing to reform the death penalty under the law of parties, which holds those involved in a murder equally responsible, even if they weren't directly involved in the actual killing.