Texas is scheduled to carry out its 11th execution of 2012, tonight in Huntsville. It would be the 488th post-Furman Texas execution since 1982. Texas has the nation's most active death chamber and accounts for more than 37% of the executions in America's death penalty states.
"Execution Wednesday for 1991 Dallas-area slaying," is the AP report on the scheduled execution of Bobby Hines, via KTRK-TV.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals last week rejected an appeal from Hines, whose lawyer argued Hines' trial attorneys "failed to adequately investigate, develop and present to the jurors the full extent of the abuse, neglect and violence that Bobby was subjected to at a very young age, and which continued throughout his youth."
Attorney Lydia Brandt also contended lawyers early in the appeals process likewise failed to investigate the claims. She unsuccessfully tried to negotiate the execution date so it fell after a U.S. Supreme Court conference next week when justices are expected to discuss whether to review another Texas death penalty case with similar issues.
Lisa Smith, a Dallas County assistant prosecutor, argued Hines' trial lawyers had presented "a detailed and credible picture of a child who suffered and faced significant struggles."
Earlier coverage of Bobby Hines' case begins at the link.
To date, there have been 32 executions in American death penalty states this year; a total of 1,309 post-Furman executions since 1977.
According to TDCJ, seven additional executions have been scheduled by Texas district courts, including two set for 2013. The next scheduled Texas execution in October 31.