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Fourth execution in Texas put on hold due to coronavirus

by Front Porch Rockwall



A fourth Texas execution has been delayed because of the new coronavirus. At the request of prosecutors, the trial court moved Billy Joe Wardlow’s execution from April 29 to July 8, according to the Titus County District Clerk’s office.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has already halted the three other executions that were scheduled in March and April — issuing 60-day stays in the cases of John HummelTracy Beatty and Fabian Hernandez. In two orders, the court said the decisions were made “in light of the current health crisis and the enormous resources needed to address that emergency.”

Prosecutors in Tarrant and Smith counties were against stopping the first two executions; El Paso’s district attorney did not file a response in Hernandez’s case. Those counties must wait 60 days before requesting a new execution date, which must be set more than 90 days in advance. Aside from Wardlow’s new July date, five other executions are scheduled in Texas from May to September.

Article by Jolie McCullough, TexasTribune.org


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