Texas is scheduled to carry out its 10th and final execution of 2014, tonight in Huntsville. It would be the state's 518th post-Furman executions since 1982. There have been 30 executions in American death penalty states this year; a total of 1,389 post-Furman executions since 1977.
Missouri is scheduled to carry out it's ninth execution of the year shortly after midnight.
Reuters posts, "Two inmates to be put to death in Texas, Missouri, as overall U.S. executions drop," by Jon Herskovitz.
Two U.S. inmates convicted of murder as teenagers are scheduled to be put to death on Tuesday and early Wednesday at a time when the number of executions in the United States is on pace to be the lowest in two decades.
Texas plans to execute Miguel Paredes, 32, who was convicted with two co-defendants of killing three people in 2000.
In Missouri, Mark Christeson, 35, is scheduled to die by lethal injection early on Wednesday. He was convicted of killing a woman and her two children 16 years ago.
The number of executions is likely to total about 35 in the United States this year, which would be the lowest number since 31 inmates were put to death in 1994, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, which monitors capital punishment.
There were 39 executions in the United States last year.
There will be more on the two cases in the next posts.
This would be the fewest executions in Texas since 1995, when only three executions were carried out. That year was an aberration because of a change in the state law regarding post-conviction review of death penalty cases. In 1991, Texas executed five men; it was the last year before a dramatic increase in Texas executions, which culminated in 2000, when 39 men and one woman were executed. It marked the final executions during the administration of Governor George W. Bush.