Texas’ top criminal court called off Wednesday’s scheduled execution of a death row inmate linked to five killings, though attorneys said the court didn’t immediately explain its decision.
A longtime lawyer for Oklahoma’s prison system said Thursday that he felt pressured by the governor’s and attorney general’s offices to make sure two executions last spring happened on schedule.
For years Texas has executed more prison inmates than any other state, but some believe that trend could be coming to an end.
The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to block the execution of a North Texas woman convicted of the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend’s 9-year-old son a decade ago.
Two of the nation’s most active death penalty states are planning executions Wednesday, even as attorneys for the condemned men try to save them.
A condemned Dallas woman who avoided execution with a last-day reprieve in January is asking a Dallas judge to again halt her execution now set for early next month.
The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office will seek a new execution date for a death row inmate now that DNA test results are in.