Texas is set to carry out its ninth execution of 2013 in Huntsville, tonight. It would be the 501st post-Furman Texas execution since 1982. Texas is responsible for more than 37% of the nation's post-Furman executions.
"Texas to execute man convicted of 2002 murder during robbery," is by Karen Brooks for Reuters, via the Chicago Tribune.
Texas is scheduled to execute inmate John Manuel Quintanilla Jr. on Tuesday for the 2002 murder of a man during the robbery of a gaming room.
Quintanilla, 36, is scheduled to die by lethal injection after 6 p.m. local time (CST) in Huntsville, Texas.
Quintanilla, a habitual criminal with six burglary convictions on his record, was sentenced to die for the shooting death of Victor Billings in Victoria, Texas, about 120 miles southwest of Houston, in November 2002.
"After a short break, Texas resumes executions," is by Jordan Smith at the Austin Chronicle.
Just two days after Quintanilla's scheduled execution, the state is set to execute Vaughn Ross, who would be the 10th inmate executed this year.Ross was convicted in September 2002 for the murder of Viola Ross (no relation) and Douglas Birdsall.
To date there have been 18 executions in American death penalty states this year; a total of 1,338 post-Furman executions since 1977.
According to TDCJ, five additional executions have been scheduled by Texas state district courts, including one in January 2014.