A Garland man convicted of robbing and setting a store clerk on fire has received the death penalty. The jury that convicted Matthew Johnson of capital murder believed there were no mitigating circumstances in his crime and that he would remain a threat to society.
Texas is the nation’s most active death penalty state and officials say they’re running out of the drug used for executions.
The lawyer for a Dallas County woman set to die next week is appealing to block the woman’s execution, which would be the 500th in Texas since the state resumed carrying out the death penalty in 1982.
Just four states carried out more than three-fourths of the executions in the United States this year, while another 23 states have not put an inmate to death in 10 years, an anti-capital punishment group reports.
On Tuesday, 48-year-old Cleve Foster is scheduled for his third trip to the death house for participating in the abduction and slaying of a 30-year-old Sudanese woman, Nyaneur Pal, a decade ago near Fort Worth.
A former Army recruiter set to die Tuesday evening for the rape-slaying of a woman in Fort Worth nearly a decade ago got his third reprieve this year from the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the death sentence of a gang member convicted of gunning down a 5-year-old girl and her grandmother three years ago in Fort Worth.
Texas juries sentenced eight convicted killers to death in 2010, the fewest since 1976 in the nation’s most active death penalty state.