Since the last regular session of the Legislature there have been two new cases brought to light in which it appears that an innocent person was executed by Texas: Ruben Cantu and Carlos DeLuna. A third case in which an innocent person may have been executed, Cameron Todd Willingham, was first reported on by the Chicago Tribune in November 2004.
A moratorium on executions has been endorsed by the following media outlets in Texas: Abilene Reporter-News, Austin American-Statesman, Bryan-College Station Eagle, Corpus Christi-Caller-Times, Dallas Morning News (several times), El Paso Times (only endorsed allowing voters to decide in a constitutional amendment), Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Galveston County Daily News, Houston Chronicle, KPRC Channel 2 NBC Houston, San Antonio Express News, Victoria Advocate, Wichita Falls Times Record News.
The El Paso County Commissioners Court passed a resolution calling for a moratorium last October. The Travis County Commissioners Court has also passed a moratorium resolution.
On March 13, 2007, there will be a Death Penalty Issues Lobby Day at the capitol and a rally for a moratorium on executions will be held on the South steps of the capitol.
Rep Dutton speaking in favor of a moratorium at the 2005 Death Penalty Issues Lobby Day Rally
State Senator Leticia Van De Putte calling for a moratorium at Death Penalty Issues Lobby Day in 2005