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 ...

U.S. Supreme Court justices express caution, intrigue in death penalty case

Death row inmate Erick Davila's case will be heard at the U.S. Supreme Court Monday, April 24, 2017.
<p>Death row inmate Erick Davila's case will be heard at the U.S. Supreme Court Monday, April 24, 2017.</p>

U.S. Supreme Court justices Monday expressed concerns about the caseload federal appeals courts might see if they allow Texas death row inmate Erick Davila another chance in a lower court because of an error his lawyer made in the appeals process.

Carlos &nbsp;Ayestas was sentenced to death for the murder of Santiaga Paneque, who was killed during a robbery in her home in Houston in 1995.&nbsp;
<p>Carlos &nbsp;Ayestas was sentenced to death for the murder of Santiaga Paneque, who was killed during a robbery in her home in Houston in 1995.&nbsp;</p>

Supreme Court to hear another Texas death penalty case

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear the Texas death penalty case of a Honduran national who was convicted for his role in a 1995 murder of 67-year-old Santiaga Paneque during a Houston home invasion.

Bobby Moore has been on death row since 1980, convicted of murdering James McCarble, a 72-year-old grocery clerk, during a robbery.&nbsp;
<p>Bobby Moore has been on death row since 1980, convicted of murdering <span>James McCarble, a 72-year-old grocery clerk, during a robbery.&nbsp;</span></p>

Supreme Court says Texas can’t use old medical standards for death row inmates

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Texas death row inmate Tuesday, sending his case back to the appeals court and invalidating the state's method of determining if a death-sentenced inmate is intellectually disabled and therefore ineligible for execution.

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.