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2/22/2018

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Whitaker

Thomas

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12/31/1979

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03/23/2007

Fort Bend

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Here's an updated look at how many execution drugs Texas has in stock

BY JOLIE MCCULLOUGHFEB. 16, 2018

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice released information Thursday night on the state's execution drug inventory. The department had stalled release of the records, which show that the expiration date of four doses was changed from January to November. See more details here

 FULL STORY  :snip: 

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Death row inmate awaits governor's decision on rare clemency as deadline looms

By Lucia I. Suarez Sang | Fox News

As a 6 p.m. deadline looms, a Texas inmate set for execution Thursday is waiting for Gov. Greg Abbott to decide whether he will accept the state parole board’s rare clemency recommendation.

Thomas “Bart” Whitaker, 38, is scheduled for lethal injection for masterminding the fatal shooting of his mother, Tricia, and brother, Kevin, at their Houston home in 2003. His father, Kent, was also shot in the same attack but survived and led the effort to save his son from execution.

On Tuesday, the seven-member Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles unanimously recommended that Abbott commute Whitaker’s death sentence.

The Republican governor has fewer than 12 hours to accept the recommendation, reject it or do nothing. His office has not responded to inquiries about Whitaker’s case.

"The board only recommends," said Keith Hampton, one of Whitaker's attorneys. "The power resides purely in Gov. Abbott. He could do nothing, which would be pretty amazing. He could literally do nothing. Then (Whitaker) gets executed."      :snip: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/02/22/death-row-inmate-awaits-governors-decision-on-rare-clemency-as-deadline-looms.html

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Death Row Inmate Who Murdered his Mom and Brother Spared Just Minutes Before Execution

CAITLIN KEATING 

February 22, 2018 07:18 PM

With just 30 minutes until he was due to die via lethal injection, Thomas “Bart” Whitaker’s life was spared on Thursday.

The Texas man was to be executed for trying to kill his entire family. The 38-year-old tragically succeeded in murdering his younger brother and mother and severely wounded his father, Kent Whitaker, in the brutal 2003 attack.

In 2007, Bart was convicted of the murders and sentenced to death.

 On Thursday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott commuted Bart’s sentence from death to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Abbott’s decision followed a unanimous decision for commutation by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles.

“In just over three years as Governor, I have allowed 30 executions. I have not granted a commutation of a death sentence until now,” Abbott said in a statement explaining his reasoning for granting clemency:snip: 

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These are the 747 inmates awaiting execution on California's death row

By PAIGE ST. JOHN AND MALOY MOORE

AUG. 24, 2017

A California Supreme Court decision has kept in place a measure passed by voters to speed up executions.

Due to delays and legal challenges, the state hasn't executed a prisoner in a decade. Only 13 men have been put to death since capital punishment was restored here in 1978.

Below are the 725 men and 22 women currently on death row. Click on the photos to learn more about the crimes that put them there.:snip: 

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