Texas halts inmate's execution for 1989 double slaying

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Texas halts inmate's execution for 1989 double slaying

Post  Scouse on Wed Jun 18, 2008 10:49 am

Texas halted the scheduled execution of a former topless club bouncer for a double slaying almost 20 years ago as time ran out.
Prison officials were faced with a midnight CDT deadline Tuesday to administer the lethal drugs to Charles Dean Hood but feared they could not follow the proper procedures in time after lengthy appeals delayed the scheduled punishment. Hood would have been the 2nd Texas prisoner executed in as many weeks. Hood was arrested in his native Indiana the day after the 1989 slayings of Ronald Williamson and Tracie Lynn Wallace at Williamson's home in the Dallas suburb of Plano.

Update: The Court of Criminal Appeals has ordered that a district judge in Collin County had no authority to withdraw Charles Dean Hood’s death warrant. However, the state’s highest court said in an unsigned order that since the judge has now recused himself from the case, the Court of Criminal Appeals has no authority to order the judge to reinstate the death warrant. Hood’s lawyers say they are unsure whether Collin County prosecutors will file additional motions this evening in an attempt to prompt Hood’s execution.
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Re: Texas halts inmate's execution for 1989 double slaying

Post  Jennie on Wed Jun 18, 2008 11:43 am

I can't believe how much they made the family suffer last night!!

Truly cruel and heinous... making the family leave the Death house to be told their loved one had been spared (for that day anyways...) Only then to be told to go back in and it is all back on... THEN going and stopping it because of a technicality!!

DISGUSTING!!!

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