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Absent media, Texas executes inmate who killed great aunt

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas man convicted of fatally beating his 83-year-old great aunt more than two decades ago was executed Wednesday evening without media witnesses present because prison agency officials neglected to notify reporters it was time to carry out the punishment.

Quintin Jones received the lethal injection at the state penitentiary in Huntsville for the September 1999 killing of Berthena Bryant, agency spokesman Jeremy Desel said about 30 minutes after Jones was pronounced dead.

Desel never received the usual phone call from the Huntsville Unit prison to bring reporters from The Associated Press and The Huntsville Item to the prison. He and the media witnesses were waiting in an office across the street.

“The Texas Department of Criminal Justice can only apologize for this error and nothing like this will ever happen again,” he said.

He said the execution, the first in Texas in nearly a year, included a number of new personnel who have never participated in the process.

“Somewhere in that mix there was never a phone call made to this office for me to accompany the witnesses across the street into the Huntsville Unit,” Desel said.

Desel said he didn’t immediately know if the glitch was a violation of state law or a violation of agency policy.

The previous 570 executions carried out by Texas since capital punishment resumed in 1982 all had at least one media witness.

“My assumption is there will be a thorough investigation into how this all transpired and what was missed that allowed it to happen, and I expect that investigation is already underway,” Desel said.

There were no unusual circumstances with the execution itself, he said, relying on accounts from agency officials who were inside the death chamber.

Jones made a brief statement thanking his supporters and expressing love for them.

“I was so glad to leave this world a better, more positive place,” he said, according to a prison transcript of his remarks. “It’s not an easy life with all of the negativity.

“I hope I left everyone a plate of food full of happy memories, happiness and no sadness.”

As the lethal dose of pentobarbital was administered, he took four or five deep breaths followed by “a long deep snore,” Desel said.

Jones was pronounced dead at 6:40 p.m., 12 minutes after the drugs began.

Less than an hour before the scheduled punishment, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to halt the 41-year-old man’s execution.

Prosecutors said after Bryant refused to lend Jones money, he beat her with a bat in her Fort Worth home then took $30 from her purse to buy drugs.

Some of Bryant’s family members, including her sister Mattie Long, had said they didn’t want Jones to be executed. Jones was Long’s grandnephew.

“Because I was so close to Bert, her death hurt me a lot. Even so, God is merciful. Quintin can’t bring her back. I can’t bring her back. I am writing this to ask you to please spare Quintin’s life,” Long wrote in a letter that was part of Jones’ clemency petition with the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles.

The board denied Jones’ clemency petition on Tuesday and Gov. Greg Abbott didn’t go against that decision and also declined to delay the execution. Abbott has granted clemency to only one death row inmate, Thomas Whitaker, since taking office in 2015.

On Wednesday, Jones’ attorney filed a civil rights complaint against the board, alleging race played “an impermissible role” in its denial of Jones’ petition. Jones’ attorney argued the case was similar to that of Whitaker’s and the only difference was that Whitaker is white and Jones was Black. U.S. District Judge George C. Hanks Jr. dismissed the complaint, writing that Jones didn’t present direct evidence of his allegation.

Helena Faulkner, a Tarrant County assistant criminal district attorney whose office prosecuted Jones, said not all of Bryant’s family members had opposed the execution.

In his final appeals, Jones’ attorney, Michael Mowla, argued that Jones was intellectually disabled and that his death sentence was based on since discredited testimony that wrongly labeled him as a psychopath and a future danger. Mowla also said Jones’ history of drug and alcohol abuse that started at age 12 and physical and sexual abuse he suffered were never considered at his trial.

Jones was the first inmate in Texas to receive a lethal injection since the July 8 execution of Billy Joe Wardlow. Four other executions had been set for earlier this year but were either delayed or rescheduled. While Texas is usually the nation’s busiest death penalty state, in 2020 it executed only three inmates — the fewest executions in nearly 25 years, mainly because of the pandemic.

In court documents filed last week, prosecutors argued the death sentence was justified because Jones had a violent history, including assaulting teachers and participating in two other murders.


Lozano reported from Houston.


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There have been 50 federal executions carried out since 1927. Select a time period below to learn more.
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08/17/1927James Aldermon was sentenced to death for murder. He was executed by hanging at the Broward Country Jail, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
09/05/1930Carl Panzram was sentenced to death for murder. He was executed by hanging at USP Leavenworth, KS.
03/24/1936George Barrett was sentenced to death for murder. He was executed by electrocution at Marion County Jail, IN.
06/19/1936Arthur Gooch was sentenced to death for kidnapping. He was executed by hanging at Oklahoma State Prison, McAlester, OK.
07/12/1936Earl Gardner was sentenced to death for murder. He was executed by hanging at Gila County Jail, AZ.
07/08/1938Anthony Chebatoris was sentenced to death for a robbery of a National Bank. He was executed by hanging at FCI Milan, MI.
07/14/1938Henry Seadlund was sentenced to death for kidnapping. He was executed by hanging at the Cook County Jail, IL.
08/12/1938Robert Suhay and Glenn Applegate were sentenced to death for murder of FBI Special Agent Wimberly W. Bake. They were both executed by hanging at USP Leavenworth, KS.
11/18/1938James Dalhover was sentenced to death for bank robbery and murder. He was executed by electrocution at Indiana State Penitentiary, Michigan City, IN.
11/10/1939Nelson Charles was sentenced to death for murder. He was executed by hanging at the Federal Jail, Juneau, AK.
08/08/1942 Herbert Haupt, Heinrich Heinck, Edward Kerling, Herman Neubauer, Richard Quirin, and Werner Thiel were tried by a military commission appointed by President Roosevelt from July 8th to August 4, 1942 and sentenced to death for sabotage. They were executed by electrocution at the D.C. Jail on August 8, 1942.
08/14/1943Clyde Arwood was sentenced to death for murder. He was executed by electrocution at Tennessee State Penitentiary, Nashville, TN on August 8th, 1948.
04/27/1945Henry Ruhl was sentenced to death for murder on a government reservation. He was executed by gas chamber at Wyoming State Penitentiary, Rawling on April 27th, 1945.
03/01/1948Austin Nelson was sentenced to death for murder. He was executed by hanging at the Federal Jail, Juneau, Alaska on March 1st, 1948.
09/15/1948David Joseph Watson was sentenced to death for murder on the high seas. He was executed by electrocution at Florida State Prison, Raiford on September 15th, 1948.
12/03/1948Samuel Richard Shockley and Miran Edgar Thompson were sentenced to death for murder. They were executed by gas chamber at California State Penitentiary, San Quentin on December 3rd, 1948.
12/10/1948Carlos Romero Ochoa was sentenced to death for murder. He was executed by gas chamber at California State Penitentiary, San Quentin on December 10th, 1948.
04/14/1950Eugene LaMoore was sentenced to death for murder. He was executed by hanging at Federal Jail, Juneau, AK on April 14th, 1950.
06/19/1953Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to death for espionage. They were executed by electrocution at New York State Prison, Sing Sing on June 19th, 1953.
12/18/1953Carl Austin Hall and Bonnie Brown Heady were sentenced to death for kidnapping and murder. They were executed by gas chamber at Missouri State Penitentiary, Jefferson City on December 18th, 1953
08/12/1954Gerhard A. Puff was sentenced to death for murder. He was executed by electrocution at New York State Prison, Sing Sing on August 12th, 1954.
02/24/1956Arthur Ross Brown was sentenced to death for kidnapping. He was executed by gas chamber at Missouri State Penitentiary, Jefferson City on February 24th, 1956.
08/21/1957George and Michael Krull were sentenced to death for rape. They were executed by electrocution at Georgia State Prison, Reidsville on August 21st, 1957.
03/15/1963Victor Feguer was sentenced to death for kidnapping. He was executed by hanging at Iowa State Penitentiary, Fort Madison on March 15th, 1963.

No federal executions took place in the 1970's through 1990's.

06/11/2001Timothy McVeigh was sentenced to death for the murder of Federal Law Enforcement Officers, and 8 counts of Conspiracy to Use and Use of Weapons of Mass Destruction. He was executed by lethal injection at USP Terre Haute, IN on June 11th, 2001.
06/19/2001Juan Raul Garza was sentenced to death for the Intentional Killings (3) in Continuance of a Continuing Criminal Enterprise. He was executed by lethal injection at USP Terre Haute, IN on June 19th, 2001.
03/18/2003Louis Jones was sentenced to death for kidnapping within special maritime/territorial jurisdiction resulting in death. He was executed by lethal injection at USP Terre Haute, IN on March 18th, 2003.

No federal executions took place in the 2010s.

07/14/2020Daniel Lewis Lee was sentenced to death for three counts of murder in aid of racketeering and numerous other offenses. He was executed by lethal injection at USP Terre Haute, IN on July 14, 2020.
07/16/2020Wesley Ira Purkey was sentenced to death for kidnapping a child resulting in the child's death. He was executed by lethal injection at USP Terre Haute, IN on July 16, 2020.
07/17/2020Dustin Lee Honken was sentenced to death for numerous offenses, including five counts of murder during the course of a continuing criminal enterprise. He was executed by lethal injection at USP Terre Haute, IN on July 17, 2020.
08/26/2020Lezmond Charles Mitchell was sentenced to death for numerous offenses, including first degree murder, felony murder, and carjacking resulting in murder. He was executed by lethal injection at USP Terre Haute, IN on August 26, 2020.
08/28/2020Keith Dwayne Nelson was sentenced to death for the kidnapping and unlawful interstate transportation of a child for the purpose of sexual abuse which resulted in death. He was executed by lethal injection at USP Terre Haute, IN on August 28, 2020.
09/22/2020William Emmett Lecroy, Jr. was sentenced to death for the intent to cause death and serious bodily harm, taking a motor vehicle that has been transported, shipped, and received in interstate commerce by force and violence resulting in death. He was executed by lethal injection at USP Terre Haute, IN on September 22, 2020.
09/24/2020Christopher Andre Vialva was sentenced to death for carjacking and first degree murder on a government reservation and two counts of aiding and abetting. He was executed by lethal injection at USP Terre Haute, IN on September 24, 2020.
11/19/2020Orlando Cordia Hall was sentenced to death for numerous offenses, including kidnapping resulting in death and interstate travel in aid of a racketeering enterprise. He was executed by lethal injection at USP Terre Haute, IN on November 19, 2020.
12/10/2020Brandon Bernard was sentenced to death for numerous offenses, including two counts of First Degree Murder within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States. He was executed by lethal injection at USP Terre Haute, IN on December 10, 2020.
12/11/2020Alfred Bourgeois was sentenced to death for multiple offenses, including murder. He was executed by lethal injection at USP Terre Haute, IN on December 11, 2020.
01/13/2021Lisa Montgomery was sentenced to death for federal kidnapping resulting in death. She was executed by lethal injection at USP Terre Haute, IN on January 13, 2021.
01/14/2021Cory Johnson was sentenced to death for numerous offenses, including seven counts of murder in furtherance of continuing criminal enterprise. He was executed by lethal injection at USP Terre Haute, IN on January 14, 2021.
01/16/2021Dustin John Higgs was sentenced to death for three counts of first-degree premeditated murder, three counts of first-degree felony murder, and three counts of kidnapping resulting in death. He was executed by lethal injection at USP Terre Haute, IN on January 16, 2021.
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Execution delayed for Texas prisoner who requested pastor lay hands on him

A Texas death row inmate won a reprieve from execution after claiming the state was violating his religious freedom by not letting his pastor lay hands on him at the time of his lethal injection.

John Henry Ramirez was condemned to death for fatally stabbing 46-year-old Pablo Castro, who worked at a Corpus Christi convenience store, in 2004.

The US supreme court blocked Ramirez’s execution about three hours after he could have been executed on Wednesday night. Ramirez was in a small holding cell a few feet from the death chamber at the Huntsville Unit prison.

“He was quiet when I let him know,” said Jason Clark, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. “He shook his head and said, ‘Thank you very much. God bless you.’”

In a brief order, the court directed its clerk to establish a schedule so Ramirez’s case could be argued in October or November.

Prosecutors say Ramirez stabbed Castro 29 times during a series of robberies in which Ramirez and two women sought money following a three-day drug binge. Ramirez fled to Mexico but was arrested three and a half years later.

Seth Kretzer, Ramirez’s lawyer, argued Texas was violating his client’s first amendment rights to practice his religion by denying his request to have his pastor touch him and say prayers as he was executed.

“It is hostile toward religion, denying religious exercise at the precise moment it is most needed: when someone is transitioning from this life to the next,” Kretzer said in court documents.

Appeals courts rejected Ramirez’s argument.

The request by Ramirez, 37, is the latest clash between death row inmates and officials in Texas and other states over the presence of spiritual advisers in the death chamber.

The supreme court has granted stays in several executions in Texas and Alabama. The only execution stays the court has granted in recent years have been related to issues of religious practice or discrimination.

In April, Texas reversed a two-year ban on allowing spiritual advisers in the death chamber. The ban came after the supreme court in 2019 halted the execution of a Texas inmate who argued his religious freedom was violated because his Buddhist spiritual adviser wasn’t allowed to accompany him. That inmate, Patrick Murphy, remains on death row.

Texas previously allowed state-employed clergy to accompany inmates into the chamber, but prison staff included only Christian and Muslim clerics. The new policy allows an inmate’s approved spiritual adviser to be in the chamber, but the two cannot have contact and vocal prayers are not allowed.

Texas prison officials say direct contact poses a security risk and prayer could be disruptive. Aside from some officials, an inmate’s final statement and a doctor who announces time of death, no one else usually speaks during an execution.

Dana Moore, Ramirez’s spiritual adviser, said the request to let him touch Ramirez was about letting the inmate practice his faith and treating him “with a certain amount of dignity”.

Moore and Kretzer say the laying of hands is a symbolic act in which religious leaders offer comfort during prayer or confer a blessing at the moment of death.

“John’s sentence wasn’t death and you can’t have any meaningful contact,” said Moore, pastor at Second Baptist Church in Corpus Christi. “He is paying for his crime. I guess the question that would come up [would be], ‘Is that not enough?’”

Mark Skurka, lead prosecutor at Ramirez’s trial in 2008, said a death row inmate should have a spiritual adviser at the time of execution but there should be limitations.

“Pablo Castro didn’t get to have somebody praying over him as this guy stabbed him 29 times,” he said. “Pablo Castro didn’t get afforded such niceties and things like to have a clergyman present.”

Castro had nine children and had worked at the convenience store for more than a decade.

“He was a good guy,” Skurka said. “He would help people out in the neighborhood. Everybody liked him.”

Two women who took part in the robberies were convicted on lesser charges.

Six more executions are scheduled this year in Texas, the nation’s busiest capital punishment state.

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US Supreme Court stays prisoner execution over spiritual adviser

A prisoner in Texas has been granted a last-minute stay of execution by the United States Supreme Court, after asking that his pastor be allowed to hold him as he is put to death by lethal injection.

John Ramirez, 37, was scheduled to be executed on Wednesday evening for stabbing a convenience store clerk to death during a 2004 robbery, but his lawyer petitioned the supreme court to halt execution on the grounds that the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) would not allow Baptist pastor Dana Moore to touch Ramirez as he is being executed or to pray aloud in the execution chamber.

“The application for stay of execution of sentence of death … is granted,” the Supreme Court’s ruling said on Tuesday.

It gave no explanation, a practice that is common in emergency rulings.

In his petition, Seth Kretzer, Ramirez’ lawyer, said Texas authorities were requiring Moore “to stand in his little corner of the room like a potted plant” during the execution, which he argued infringes upon Ramirez’s constitutional rights to religious practice.

He added that if Moore prays out loud he risks being “ejected from the execution chamber by guards and referred for prosecution”.

While Texas prison authorities allow a spiritual adviser to be in the room during an execution, they must be quiet and are not allowed to touch a prisoner.

“Ramirez will be executed without the spiritual adviser guaranteed to him under the Constitution,” Kretzer said.

The conservative super-majority US Supreme Court rarely intervenes to halt executions, but it has done so in recent cases where prisoners have argued they are being denied access to spiritual advisers.

Clarify religious rights

The court could take the opportunity of Ramirez’ case to clarify its position on the religious rights of those sentenced to death, after a ruling in February effectively barred states from prohibiting spiritual advisers unless a lower court ruled it would create serious security risks.

In 2018, the court rejected the request for a stay of execution for a Muslim prisoner in Alabama who asked for an imam to be by his side during his execution.

A few weeks later, following a public outcry, a stay was granted to an inmate who wanted a Buddhist spiritual adviser to accompany him to the execution chamber in Texas.

The Supreme Court said it would revisit Ramirez’ case in October or November.

There have been five people executed in the US this year.

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A disproportionate number of Black people have been sentenced to death and are on death row, the groups say.

Inmates must have choice of death by firing squad, court rules, as US states seek alternatives to lethal injection.

President Joe Biden, a Democrat, pledged during his campaign to support an end the death penalty.

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February4TNOscar SmithSTAY GRANTED by the Tennessee Supreme Court on January 6, 2021 as a result of COVID-19 concerns.10TXEdward BusbySTAY GRANTED by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on February 3, 2021 and remanded to the trial court for consideration of Busby’s claim that he is ineligible for the death penalty because of intellectual disability.11ALWillie B. Smith IIIStay grantedby the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuiton February 10, 2021 until February 16 to provide the court time to consider a claim Smith raised under the Americans With Disabilities Act. Stay vacated by the U.S. Supreme Court close to midnight Eastern time on February 11, 2021.

PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION GRANTED by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit on February 10, 2021 based on Smith’s claim that Alabama’s refusal to permit his pastor in the execution chamber violates federal religious discrimination law. Application to vacate the injunction DENIED by the U.S. Supreme Court close to midnight Eastern time on February 11, 2021.12SCBrad SigmonEXECUTION DATE VACATED by the South Carolina Supreme Court on February 4, 2021 on the grounds that “the execution is currently impossible” because the Department of Corrections “will not be able to obtain the required drugs prior to the scheduled date of execution.”18OHJames O’NealREPRIEVEDMarch4TX

Ramiro Ibarra

STAY GRANTEDby the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on February 24, 2021 and remanded to the trial court for consideration of Ibarra’s claims that he is ineligible for the death penalty because of intellectual disability and that new DNA science shows that the evidence used to convict him was unreliable.18OHMelvin Bonnell REPRIEVED24OHSteven E. Cepec DATE REMOVEDApril8TNByron BlackSTAYED21OHElwood JonesREPRIEVE GRANTED by Gov. Mike DeWine on December 18, 2020, and execution rescheduled for December 6, 2023.May14PAPaul Gamboa-TaylorREPRIEVE GRANTED by Governor Tom Wolf on May 7, 2021.14SCFreddie OwensSTAY GRANTED by the South Carolina Supreme Court on May 4, 2021 “[b]ecause the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) lacks the means to conduct an execution by lethal injection at this time.” The stay remains in effect “until SCDC advises the Court it has the ability to perform the execution as required by the law.”26OHDavid MartinSTAY GRANTEDby the Ohio Supreme Court on April 8, 2021 pending “exhaustion of all state post-conviction proceedings, including any appeals.”27OHGregory LottREPRIEVE GRANTED by Gov. Mike DeWine on December 18, 2020, and execution rescheduled for February 15, 2024.June2IDGerald Pizzuto Jr.STAY GRANTED by the Idaho District Court for the 2nd District on May 18, 2021 “until the conclusion of commutation proceedings related to Mr. Pizzuto’s current commutation petition” scheduled for the Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole’s November 2021 hearing session.18SCBrad SigmonSTAY GRANTED by the South Carolina Supreme Court on June 16, 2021 because the South Carolina law provides a statutory right for the prisoner to elect between execution by electric chair or execution by firing squad and the S.C. Department of Corrections has no procedures in place to carry out executions by firing squad.23OHArchie DixonREPRIEVE GRANTED by Gov. Mike DeWine on December 18, 2020, and execution rescheduled for April 17, 2024.25SCFreddie Owens IIISTAY GRANTED by the South Carolina Supreme Court on June 16, 2021 because the South Carolina law provides a statutory right for the prisoner to elect between execution by electric chair or execution by firing squad and the S.C. Department of Corrections has no procedures in place to carry out executions by firing squad.July26NVZane FloydStay granted by the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada on June 28, 2021 with written order issued July 7, 2021 (order appealed). STAY GRANTED by the Nevada state courts on July 9 “pending the Nevada Supreme Court’s ruling on Mr. Floyd’s pending petition for writ of mandamus and prohibition.”August


OHTimothy HoffnerREPRIEVE GRANTED by Gov. Mike DeWine on April 9, 2021 and execution rescheduled for June 18, 2024September8TXJohn RamirezSTAY GRANTED and petition for a writ of certiorari granted by the U.S. Supreme Court on September 8, 2021 to determine whether Texas’s restrictions on religious activities in the execution chamber violate the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.


OHJohn StumpfREPRIEVE GRANTED by Gov. Mike DeWine on April 9, 2021 and execution rescheduled for August 13, 2024October12TXStephen BarbeeSTAY GRANTED by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas on October 7, 2021 on the same claim religious liberty claims raised by John Ramirez to provide the District Court “time to explore and resolve serious factual issues concerning the balance between [Barbee’s] religious rights and the prison’s valid concerns for security.”20OHJames FrazierDIED ON DEATH ROW of COVID-19 on November 19, 2020.27TXRuben GutierrezEXECUTION WARRANT VACATEDby the trial court in Cameron County on September 15, 2021 pending the outcome of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in John Ramirez’s case on the scope of the right to free exercise of religion in the execution chamber.November3TXFabian HernandezEXECUTION WARRANT WITHDRAWN10TXKosoul ChanthakoummaneEXECUTION WARRANT WITHDRAWN by the Collin County District Court on October 19, 2021 and new execution warrant issued for August 17, 2022.December


OHLawrence LandrumREPRIEVE GRANTED by Gov. Mike DeWine on April 9, 2021 and execution rescheduled for October 15, 2024

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Texas inmate Quintin Jones becomes first state execution in 10 months

Texas put a prisoner to death on Wednesday evening for the first time in about 10 months — signaling that states are ready to resume executions after a hiatus during much of the pandemic.

Family members of Quintin Jones, 41, had hoped that either the U.S. Supreme Court or Gov. Greg Abbott would spare his life or grant a last-minute reprieve. Neither came.

Jones was executed by lethal injection at the Texas State Penitentiary at Huntsville and pronounced dead at 6:40 p.m., around 10 minutes after the lethal dose began, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said.

His execution was carried out without media witnesses. The agency blamed a "miscommunication between officials" for shutting out reporters and apologized for the "critical error" and vowed to investigate how it happened.

The Fort Worth man was convicted of fatally beating his great-aunt, Berthena Bryant, in 1999 with a baseball bat and stealing $30 to buy drugs.

Jones, who was 19 at the time, did not deny committing the murder and wasn't asking to be released, but said he has turned his life around in prison and shouldn't be executed. In a video published by The New York Times last week, Jones asked Abbott to "find it in your heart to grant me clemency."

In Jones' last statement before his execution, he thanked "all of the supporting people who helped me over the years," according to the department of criminal justice.

"I was so glad to leave this world a better, more positive place," he said. "It’s not an easy life with all the negativities."

"Love all my friends and all the friendship’s that I have made. They are like the sky," Jones said. "It is all part of life, like a big full plate of food for the soul. I hope I left everyone a plate of food full of happy memories, happiness and no sadness."

On Tuesday, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles recommended against clemency. Abbott, a Republican, could have granted a 30-day reprieve, but the board's opposition to clemency all but assured the execution would go on.

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Meanwhile, Jones' attorney unsuccessfully petitioned the Supreme Court to stop the execution after lower appeals courts denied doing so.

Jones' attorney, Michael Mowla, did not immediately return an emailed request for comment Wednesday night.

Abbott has only once commuted a death sentence since assuming office in 2015. In the past six years, Texas has put more than 50 people to death, most recently in July, the last time any state held an execution. (The federal government under the Trump administration resumed executions during the pandemic.)

Abbott's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.

Jones' case had gained renewed attention for other reasons: Some of his family members publicly supported his clemency petition, writing that he "is remorseful and has changed for the better" and that killing him "can't bring her [Bryant] back."

In addition, the case required that the jury, in applying the death penalty, determine that Jones posed a "future dangerousness" — a concept that critics say is based on disputed science and inaccurate data, and could be clouded by racial bias. Jones' clemency application said he had a "nonviolent history during his two decades of incarceration."

Texas is the only state that requires juries to weigh "future dangerousness" in capital punishment cases after Oregon did away with the practice in 2019.

David Dow, a law professor at the University of Houston who has represented death row inmates, said the idea of "future dangerousness" can be subjective and vague, with jurors needing to predict whether a defendant could pose a threat again and where they might lash out, such as in prison or out in society if they were released.

The American Psychiatric Association, the nation's largest psychiatric organization, has filed briefs to the Supreme Court arguing that the "unreliability of psychiatric predictions of long-term future dangerousness is by now an established fact within the profession."

A 2004 study by the Texas Defender Service, a group that represents defendants in capital cases, found that of the more than 150 cases it reviewed, only 5 percent of inmates later engaged in serious assaults, while 75 percent had infractions that did not involve serious assaults or were for minor incidents like having food in their cells, and the remaining 20 percent of inmates had no disciplinary violations. In addition, only two inmates were later prosecuted for crimes while behind bars.

Dow said Jones was "sentenced to death, not for what he did, but because of what a jury predicted he would do, and that prediction has proven false — that is, Jones has been a nonviolent and model prisoner, demonstrating he could in fact be kept in prison with no risk to the outside population, or to the inmate or guard population either."


Jones was implicated in two other murders in Fort Worth in 1999, with prosecutors saying he and another man, Ricky Roosa, sought to rob people for money to buy drugs. But a capital murder charge in that case against Jones, who is Black, was later dismissed because he was already sentenced in his great-aunt's death. Roosa, who is white, was sentenced to life in prison for the two murders.

Jones' twin brother, Benjamin, wrote in March in his support for clemency that his brother's drug and alcohol addiction and suicidal feelings at a young age dramatically changed him, and that Roosa, who was about 20 years older, was a bad influence.

"I was angry at him for years for what he did to Aunt Bert, who I know he loved just like I loved her," Benjamin Jones wrote, adding that he and his great-aunt's sister have "long forgiven Quin" and he is "deeply remorseful."

"Please don't cause us to be victimized again through Quin's execution," he concluded.

Texas has at least four more executions planned in the coming months, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

Meanwhile, prosecutors in Las Vegas plan to put a convicted killer to death by lethal injection this summer in what would be Nevada's first execution since 2006.

And last week, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed legislation that adds death by firing squad to the state's execution methods because of a lack of lethal injection drugs. It's unclear when executions will begin.

Erik Ortiz is a staff writer for NBC News focusing on racial injustice and social inequality.


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