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lobby1Rep. Harold Dutton of Houston today filed HB 64, a bill to abolish the death penalty in Texas.

Rep. Dutton also filed HB 147, a bill to prohibit the death penalty for people convicted under the law of parties. Jeff Wood received a stay of execution in August 2016 after many legislators expressed support by writing clemency letters to Gov. Greg Abbott. Wood received a stay of execution from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals pending further review.

Rep Dutton first filed a bill to abolish the death penalty in 2003, which was the first abolition bill filed in the Texas Legislature in a long time up to that year. Everyone opposed to the death penalty should thank Rep Dutton for his leading role in the effort in the Texas Legislature to end the death penalty.

It was an exciting day back in 2003 when Dutton’s abolition bill was heard in the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee. That was the first time an abolition bill was heard in a Texas legislative committee in the modern era, and maybe ever.

Rep Harold Dutton is pictured speaking at one of our Day of Innocence Lobby Days to Abolish the Death Penalty.

In 2017, we will hold another lobby day to abolish the death penalty. In 2015, during the Texas Lobby Day to Abolish the Death Penalty, we went with two death row exonerees, Ron Keine and Sabrina Butler of Witness to Innocence, and met with State Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr to ask him to file a bill in the senate to abolish the death penalty, which he filed two weeks later. It was the first-time ever a bill to completely abolish the death penalty had been filed in the Texas Senate.

Anti-Death Penalty MarchThe 17th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty will take place Saturday October 29, 2016 in Austin at the Texas Capitol.

We will gather at 2:00 pm at on the south side of the Texas Capitol.

Last summer, we successfully mobilized to build support to stop the execution of Jeff Wood, who was scheduled for execution but received a stay after people across Texas, including both Republican and Democratic Texas legislators, newspapers, religious leaders, and many others spoke out in support of clemency. The main issue that caused so many people to speak out was that Wood had been sentenced to death under the law of parties even though he did not kill anyone. The march takes place 73 days before the 2017 Texas legislative session convenes. As a major theme of the march, we will continue to build support for passing the bill to ban executions of people convicted under the law of parties.  Speakers will include Jeff Wood’s sister Terri Been. Other speakers will be announced later.

Each autumn since 2000, people from all walks of life and all parts of Texas, the U.S. and other countries have taken a day out of their year and gathered in Austin to raise their voices together and loudly express their opposition to the death penalty. The march is a coming together of activists, family members of those on death row, community leaders, exonerated death row survivors, family members of murder victims who oppose the death penalty, and all those calling for abolition. The march started in Austin in 2000. In 2007 and 2008, the march was held in Houston. It came back to Austin for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013. It was in Houston again in 2014 and back in Austin in 2015.

The annual march is organized as a joint project by several Texas anti-death penalty organizations working together with leading national organizations: Texas Moratorium Network, the Campaign to End the Death Penalty, the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement, Texas Students Against the Death Penalty, Texas Death Penalty Education and Resource Center, Kids Against the Death Penalty, and national organizations including Journey of Hope … from Violence to Healing, and Witness to Innocence.

Yesterday, Jeff Wood’s family and friends delivered about 10,500 petition signatures to the offices of Texas Governor Greg Abbott and separately to the office of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. Below is a media story of today’s delivery from KVUE in Austin, reported by Erin Jones, “Jeff Wood’s family trying to stop his execution“. You can still Sign the petition here. We will deliver additional signatures later.

1923885_736152392620_1620_nBelow are links to some media coverage of the case of Jeff Wood, whose August 24, 2016 scheduled execution we are working to stop. Find out how to help at

Are Evangelicals Ditching the Death Penalty?

by Maurice Chammah, The Marshall Project, August 14, 2016

Texas Should Stop Trying to Kill a Non-Killer

by Editorial Board, The Washington Post, August 14, 2016

Il n’a tué personne, mais il pourrait être exécuté

by Jean-Cosme Delaloye, La Tribune de Genève, August 14, 2016

In Texas, a man who didn’t kill anybody is about to be executed for murder

Houston Chronicle by Kristine Guerra, The Washington Post Updated 1:47 pm, Friday, August 12, 2016

Texas Readies to Kill Man—Who Killed No One—for Murder

Jeffery Wood on track to be the ‘least culpable person executed in the modern era of death penalty’
by Andrea Germanos, Common Dream staff writer, August 13, 2016

Man to be executed on Texas’s death row for murder despite not killing anyone

Daily Mail, August 13, 2016

Texas Is About to Execute a Man Who Didn’t Kill Anybody

by Danielle DeCourcey ATTN:, August 12, 2016

In Texas, a man who didn’t kill anybody is about to be executed for murder

by Kristine Guerra, The Washington Post, August 12, 2016

“This man may be executed even though he never killed anyone”

The Washington Post Video, August 11, 2016.

Jeff Wood Never Killed Anyone, But Texas Plans to Execute Him

by Jolie McCullough, Texas Tribune, Aug. 11, 2016

Texas Preparing to Execute Man for Murder who Didn’t Commit Murder

1200 News Radio, WOAI August 8, 2016

Evangelicals urge halt to Texas execution

Baptist News Global, August 8, 2016


Editorial: Who is Texas executing now? A man with no direct involvement in the murder for which he’ll be put to death

by The Times Editorial Board, Los Angeles Times, August 5, 2016

Why is Texas Executing a Man Who Didn’t Kill Anyone?

Texas Standard, August 3, 2016

Jeff Wood was in the car when an acquaintance shot his friend, who was working as a gas station clerk in Kerrville. Now he’s on death row, sentenced under Texas’ “law of parties.”

Shared Responsibility?: Too many questions for Texas to execute condemned man

Texasarkana Gazette, Editorial, August 3, 2016

Texas man soon to be executed never killed anybody (VIDEO)


Jordan Smith, The Intercept, Aug. 2, 2016


Does This Man Deserve to Die?


by Texas Monthly

Rally Questions Death Penalty for Texas Man Who Didn’t Pull Trigger, Texas Tribune, July 23, 2016

Hedayati: Texas ‘law of parties’ needs to be revamped

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