Patrick Murphy is scheduled to be executed in Texas on March 28, 2019 and is the second-to-last remaining member of the notorious "Texas 7" group, the name given to the seven men who organized the largest prison breakout in the history of Texas in 2000.
Mr. Murphy was sentenced to death for the murder of Officer Aubrey Hawkins - who was gunned down during an attempted robbery the "Texas 7" committed soon after escaping prison - even though Mr. Murphy had left the premise and wasn't even at the store when Officer Hawkins was killed. Mr. Murphy was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death in 2003 under Texas’ law of parties, which states that a person is criminally responsible for the actions of another if they are engaged in a conspiracy.
Currently, there are two bills being considered by the state legislature that would remove the death penalty as a sentencing option for those convicted of capital murder as a party under Section 7.02(b) of the Texas Penal Code. It is reprehensible that Patrick Murphy could be executed for a murder he did not commit, at the exact moment when elected officials are considering whether anyone convicted under Section 7.02(b) of the Texas Penal Code should be eligible for the death penalty.
In Texas, the Governor MUST have the recommendation of clemency from a board or advisory group.
Mark Robertson is scheduled to be executed in Texas on Thursday, April 11, 2019 for the 1989 murder of 81-year old Edna Brau. Mr. Robertson was sentenced to death by a jury through a procedure deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court for its exclusion of the mitigating evidence that Mr. Robertson had an abusive father and a history of drug use. Though the Supreme Court vacated Mr. More
On February 28, 2019, Billie Wayne Coble is scheduled to be executed in Texas for the murders of Zelda, Robert, and Sergeant Bobby Vicha in 1989. Catholic Mobilizing Network calls on all people of goodwill to oppose this action.
From governors races to ballot measures, Americans harnessed the power of their voices and their votes in the 2018 Midterms to work toward a more restorative criminal justice system. Here are just a few of the recent victories that point to an end to the death penalty, which is indeed on the horizon.