Execution Halt Rejected In Texas; Death Set Today

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry has rejected a call from the chairman of the Texas Senate Criminal Justice Committee for a moratorium on all executions from Houston’s Harris County until evidence from the problem-plagued Houston police crime lab can be reviewed, the Houston Chronicle reports. Sen. John Whitmire wanted Perry to halt executions until more than 280 boxes of crime lab evidence can be searched to see if any inmates were wrongfully convicted. A Perry spokeswoman said the governor plans to continue looking at each inmate’s case individually.

Condemned killer Edward Green III, who is scheduled to be executied today, had requests for a commutation to life or a 120-day reprieve rejected by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. Green attorney does not dispute his guilt, but had hoped ballistic evidence might have shown Green deserved a lesser sentence. Green was sentenced to death for his role in the 1992 deaths of Edward Perry Haden, 72, and Helen O’Sullivan, 63, who were shot as they sat in a car at a stop sign in Houston. His attorneys argued it would be inappropriate to proceed with the execution until all evidence is reviewed for DNA, ballistics and toxicology reports.

Link: http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/topstory2/2830948

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