Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson on Monday dismissed capital murder charges against a 33-year-old Houston man sent to death row nearly a decade ago for the fatal shooting of a Houston police officer.
Attorneys for 51-year-old John Reyes Matamoros say he is mentally impaired and ineligible for execution.
Robert Durst couldn’t explain away the similarities between his handwriting and a letter he said “only the killer could have written” that alerted police to his friend’s shooting 15 years ago.
Garcia White was scheduled to be executed Wednesday for the 1989 fatal stabbings of twin 16-year-old Houston girls; his attorneys argued he may have been mentally impaired because of a lifetime of cocaine use.
Federal judges ruled they need more time to consider the complexities of executing a mentally ill prisoner.
Charles Hicks, who was sentenced to death for the 2008 murder and dismemberment of a Pennsylvania woman told investigators he had killed in Texas.
A 34-year-old man is scheduled to make an initial court appearance in South Texas on charges that include murder, human smuggling and keeping undocumented workers as hostages.
A Republican lawmaker reacting to an Oklahoma inmate’s botched lethal injection said Tuesday he wants to explore giving condemned prisoners the option of death by firing squad, hanging or the electric chair.
A bungled execution in Oklahoma in which the condemned prisoner writhed and moaned as he received a lethal injection outraged death-penalty opponents, invited court challenges and attracted worldwide attention.
Clayton Lockett died of an apparent heart attack 10 minutes after officials stopped the scheduled execution.