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The execution gurney in the death chamber in Huntsville, Texas. (credit: AP)

Dallas Man To Die For Killing 10-Month-Old Boy

Jesse Joe Hernandez was already a convicted child sex offender when he was arrested for the death of a boy he was babysitting at a Dallas home.

03/27/2012

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Former Texas Prison Cook Wants Last Meal Continued

A former Texas inmate who cooked the final meals for hundreds of condemned prisoners is offering to start doing it again at no cost to the state now that officials have ended the practice of allowing the special last requests.

09/26/2011

Lawrence Brewer is set to be executed for the dragging death of James Byrd in 1998. (credit: Texas Department of Criminal Justice)

Texas Prisons Stop Special Last Meals For Killers

Texas prison officials say they’re stopping special last meals for condemned inmates facing execution after an elaborate request from a convicted killer in a notorious dragging death prompted complaints.

09/22/2011

Jasper County Sheriff Billy Rowles hugs a relative of James Byrd Jr. after a jury found John William King guilty of capital murder in the dragging death, on February 23, 1999. (credit: Paul Buck/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Jasper Sheriff Looks Back At James Byrd Jr. Dragging

He’s one of three men convicted in one of the most notorious murders in modern Texas history and he’s set to die. Former Jasper Sheriff Billy Rowles talks about the pending execution and the events in the east Texas town.

09/21/2011

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Supreme Court Halts Texas Execution

The U.S. Supreme Court has halted the execution of a black man convicted of a double murder in Texas 16 years ago after his lawyers contended his sentence was unfair because of a question asked about race during his trial.

09/15/2011

The execution gurney sits empty inside the death chamber at Huntsville. (credit: AP Photo)

Year-Old State Office Challenges Death Sentences

The Texas Office of Capital Writs is an independent state agency tasked with scrutinizing capital murder trials to ensure they were legally proper.

08/21/2011

Texas death chamber execution gurney. (credit: AP)

1st Texas Execution With New Drug Set For Tuesday

A condemned Dallas man acknowledges the prospect of becoming the first Texas prisoner to be executed with a new drug is unsettling. Cary Kerr is set to die for the rape and slaying of a woman near Fort Worth 10 years ago.

05/02/2011

Cleve Foster is scheduled for execution on Tuesday. He is charged with the abduction and slaying a woman a decade ago near Fort Worth.   (credit: TX Dept. of Criminal Justice)

Tarrant County Murderer Loses Clemency Bid

Condemned prisoner Cleve Foster has moved a step closer to execution scheduled for Tuesday evening with the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles refusing a petition to commute his sentence to life in prison.

CBSDFW.COM–04/04/2011

Texas death chamber execution gurney. (credit: AP)

Tarrant County Murderer Seeks Delay Over New Execution Drug

A Texas inmate wants a judge to rule that the state has improperly switched to a new lethal injection drug. Cleve Foster is scheduled to die April 5 for the 2002 slaying of a Sudanese woman in Fort Worth.

CBSDFW.COM–04/01/2011

The Texas death chamber in Huntsville. (credit: Getty Images/Joe Raedle/Newsmakers)

Lawyers Claim Texas Is Improperly Buying Lethal Injection Drugs

Two attorneys say state officials have been buying lethal-injection drugs using a long-closed hospital’s registration number.

03/31/2011

The execution gurney sits empty inside the death chamber at Huntsville. (credit: AP Photo)

Shortage Forces Texas To Switch Execution Drug

Texas is changing one of the drugs it uses to conduct executions in the nation’s busiest death penalty state.

03/16/2011

Texas death chamber execution gurney. (credit: AP)

Fort Worth Murderer Set For 1st 2011 Execution

Former Army recruiter Cleve Foster was one of two men tied to the unrelated deaths of two women nine years ago in Fort Worth. Foster is set for lethal injection Tuesday.

CBSDFW.COM–01/10/2011

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