The Todd Willingham tragedy has proven that Texas is capable of executing innocent people. On October 27, 2009, Texas is scheduled to execute Reginald Blanton, who has always proclaimed his innocence. After the Willingham execution, Texas can not take any more risk of executing another innocent person. Texas should halt all executions and conduct a comprehensive study of the entire Texas death penalty system. It is irresponsible for Texas to carry on with executions in light of what we know about Todd Willingham.
On Saturday, October 10, friends and family of Reginald Blanton will hold a rally at the Bexar County Courthouse in San Antonio. This is the same location where the trial of Judge Sharon Keller was held in August.
Below is a video of a powerfully emotional plea for her son’s life from Reginald’s mother, Anna Terrell. She spoke at a rally in Austin last month. Click here to watch it on YouTube.
Saturday, October 10, 3:00 PM
Location: San Antonio Courthouse, 100 Dolorosa
Below is an excerpt from an email we received from CEDP-Austin:
Texas plans to take the life of death row prisoner Reginald Blanton on October 27. Reginald’s case is riddled with injustice. He was convicted of killing his best friend Carlos Garza over jewelry. The evidence against him is of two witnesses: his brother and his brother’s then-pregnant girlfriend. Both have said they were threatened by the police with being charged with the crime. During his trial, African-Americans were excluded from the jury. There was no DNA, no fingerprints, and no murder weapon found. The only physical evidence, a shoe print on the door of Mr. Garza’s apartment, failed to match to Reginald. In addition, there were glaring problems with his Appeals attorney at the state level. Join us in telling the state of Texas that Reginald Blanton deserves a new day and court and to STOP THE EXECUTION!