Death Row

Should Texas Bring Back The Firing Squad?

May 19, 2014 By Dan Solomon

As the drugs used in lethal injections become more difficult to come by, one state lawmaker in Utah is proposing an old-school replacement: The firing squad. Should Texas consider a similar move? 

What Running Out of Pentobarbital Means For Texas

Oct 8, 2013 By Dan Solomon

According to a Freedom of Information Act request by the Associated Press, Texas is down to its last eight vials of the lethal injection drug pentobarbital—and the Houston-area "compounding pharmacy" that made them wants them back. What happens when the state runs out? 

Texas Executes Tenth Man of 2012

Jan 21, 2013 By Ross Dubois

Jonathan Green was put to death Wednesday for the 2000 murder of a 12-year-old girl, but his lawyers maintained until the end that their client was mentally ill and thus unsuitable for execution.

Separated At Death

Jan 20, 2013 By Michael Hall

Ernest Willis spent seventeen years on death row for a crime he didn’t commit. And he has a few things to say about the case of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed in 2004 for a strangely similar crime that many experts believe he didn’t commit either.

The Science of Murder

Jan 1, 2009 By Michael Hall

Someone killed Melissa Trotter and dumped her body in the Sam Houston National Forest. But according to six forensic experts, that someone was not Larry Swearingen.

The Getaway

Feb 1, 1999 By Pamela Colloff

There’s something romantic about a jailbreak, even when the escapee is a cold-blooded killer on death row. That’s why our feelings about Martin Gurule were more than a little complicated.