Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 10:00am - Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 7:15pm
As Texas Approaches 500th Execution: How Many Were Innocent?
Kimberly McCarthy, an African-American woman, is scheduled to be executed on June 26. McCarthy's execution will be the 500th since Texas resumed executing people in 1982.
Texas has carried out more executions than the next six U.S. States combined (Virginia = 110, Oklahoma = 103, Florida = 77, Missouri = 68, Alabama = 55 and Ohio = 51).
Charles Lee Baird, chair of Amnesty International Group 23 in Houston, has reviewed executions in Texas during the past 30 years and has concluded that there is a high likelihood that at least seven (7) innocent people have been executed during this time period.
Baird will present his findings at a press conference to be held on Tuesday, June 25 at 10am. Note, this is day before the scheduled execution.
Baird states, "Our hearts go out to all victims of crime, particularly to the victims of murder and their families and friends. However, it is very distrurbing that Texas is about to carry out its 500th execution and several of those executed were likely innocent. These executions are reason enough to abolish the death penalty in this state.
The following people have signed on to this statement:
Most Reverend Joseph A. Fiorenza, Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
Reverend Bill Lawson, Pastor Emeritus of the Wheeler Ave. Baptist Church
Frances "Sissy" Farenthold, attorney and international human rights activist
Anthony Graves, exonerated Texas death row prisoner
Sr. Ceil Roeger, Promoter of Justice, Peace and Care of Creation, Dominican Sisters of Houston
Bill Pelke, President of the Journey of Hope...From Violence to Healing
David Atwood, Founder of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
Rev. Marty Troyer, Pastor, Houston Mennonite Church
Rabbi Samuel E. Karff, Rabbi Emeritus, Congregation Beth Israel
Amnesty International and the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty will hold an execution vigil in Houston at the corner of Main and Binz streets at 5:30 pm on June 26.
Join the protest in Huntsville. Get on the bus 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, at SHAPE 3815 Live Oak.
10 a.m. Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Houston Community College, Rm. 003
5601 West Loop South
Houston, TX 77081