Execution of Danny Bible
This evening Danny Bible was executed at the Walls Unit in Huntsville, TX. His lawyers had appealed his execution date based on his poor physical health. He was partially paralyzed and suffering from Parkinson’s syndrome; his lawyers also argued that executioners may be unable to find a suitable vein to use for injecting the deadly drug cocktail. The issue of failure to find a suitable vein has caused other executions to be called off in recent years, and its prominence raises serious questions about the logic of executing someone in such poor health. Texans who have witnessed recent executions have again and again reported that the executions have appeared botched, with outbursts from the condemned prisoners and other horrifying details of convulsions. According to the local news reporting, it does not appear this execution went any more smoothly.
“The Houston Chronicle reported that Bible — who had IVs inserted into his hands instead of the crook of his arm as usual — trembled from Parkinson’s Disease and muttered “burning,” and, “it hurts,” before falling silent and losing consciousness.”
Joseph Garcia’s Date Has Been Reset
The Houston Chronicle is reporting:
“Citing a court’s clerical mistake, prosecutors are asking for a new execution date for Texas 7 escapee Joseph Garcia.
…(He) was scheduled to die on Aug. 30, but now the state is asking for a Dec. 4 date after the clerk failed to issue a death warrant in time.”
“Victim’s son opposes execution, seeks meeting with Mr. Young
Executing Mr. Young would perpetuate a cycle of violence that began when his own father, Willard Young, was murdered in January 1992, when Chris was eight years old. Willard was killed one hour after taking his children to a parade in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in San Antonio.
Mitesh Patel, the son of Hasmukh Patel, suffered greatly in the wake of his father’s murder in 2004. He does not want the State of Texas to execute Chris Young because he does not want Chris’ daughters, Crishelle and Na’Quita, to grow up without a father the way he did.”
Mr. Long’s appeal based on Intellectual Disability was sent back to the trial court for consideration. (Ruling can be found among orders here: http://search.txcourts.gov/handdown.aspx?coa=coscca&fulldate=06/27/2018)
As we reported earlier this week, Rodney Reed’s appeal based on trial testimony was denied at the Supreme Court. As of today it seems his legal team is ready to try again.