A jury in College Station, Texas has handed down the 1st death sentence issued in Texas in 2015:
“A College Station man, Gabriel Hall, who stood trial for five weeks was sentenced to death by lethal injection Wednesday for killing a man and trying to kill his wife in 2011.”
Texas went all the way into the tenth month of 2015 before anyone was sentenced to death. This is disappointing news, but it remains remarkable that death sentences in Texas have gone from 48 in 1999 to so far only 1 in 2015. It shows that more and more Texans are rejecting the death penalty. If we can cut death sentences down from 48 to only 1, then we can eventually cut them down to zero.
Join us on October 24, 2015 at the Texas Capitol for the 16th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty, as we continue to build support for abolishing the death penalty in Texas.
Guests at the annual march will include Ron Keine and Sabrina Butler, the two death row exonerees who successfully lobbied Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr on March 3, 2015 to file a historic first-ever bill in the Texas Senate to completely abolish the death penalty.
Also attending the march in Austin will be the most recent person exonerated from Texas death row, Alfred Dewayne Brown, who was released on June 8 after more than ten years on Texas death row for a crime he did not commit.