Texas executed oldest death row inmate

It was 6:24 p.m. local time, in Huntsville, Texas, where the septuagenarian received a lethal injection. He was pronounced dead at 6:39 p.m., according to a Texas Correctional Service document.

“I regret what I did”Karl Pontion said in his last words. “I’m ready to go.” Some protesters outside the Texas prison chanted: Implementation is not the solution.The correspondent of Agence France-Presse (AFP) immediately pointed out that while dozens on the contrary gathered to support her. The victim’s family also attended the policeman. Carl Buntion’s lawyers noted that they had filed a final appeal to the US Supreme Court, but to no avail.

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Defenders of Carl Buntion no longer seek to prove his innocence. But in Texas, a large state in the conservative south, which is the most executed state in the United States, a person can only be sentenced to death if a jury rules that they pose a future danger to others. But Karl Pontion was 78 years old and especially suffered from osteoporosis, dizziness, hepatitis and cirrhosis. couldn’t ‘No longer dangerous’, his attorney argued in an appeal to the Texas Board of Pardon and Parole. without success.

In June 1990, during an intervention for a petty traffic violation in Houston, Carl Pontion shot and killed police officer James Irby. Raised by a violent alcoholic father, the Texan had already been convicted thirteen times and was on parole for child sexual abuse.

Sentenced to death, he had seen that sentence overturned in 2009 by the highest court in Texas, which held that the defense had not been properly heard by the jury. But in 2012, he was again sentenced to death. Karl Pontion was confined to his cell for twenty-three hours a day for twenty years. In this context, the US Supreme Court refused to retract his conviction in 2021, but Progressive Judge Stephen Breyer estimated that his term of imprisonment fell short of his conviction. “Under questioning the constitutionality of the death penalty”.

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In Texas, the execution of Carl Pontion should follow that of Melissa Lucio, accused of killing her two-year-old daughter in 2007, scheduled for April 27. Sentenced after a controversial trial, she is supported by many elected Democrats and Republicans, as well as by Reality star Kim Kardashianwhich has helped to publicize what its advocates call a miscarriage of justice.

Tennessee couldn’t execute Oscar Smith on Thursday

in Tennessee, Governor Bill Lee said Thursday afternoon That Oscar Smith, also in his seventies (72), will not be executed in the evening. “Due to an error in the preparation of the lethal injection”grant a ‘temporary reprieve’ It’s time to sort it out. Oscar Smith was convicted of murdering his estranged wife and two children in 1989.

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However, the death row convict doubled his appeals requests from 1990, the year of his conviction, until the beginning of the week. “After careful consideration of Oscar Smith’s pardon request and careful review of the case, the Tennessee judgment will remain in effect and I will not interfere.”Republican Governor Bill Lee said Tuesday.

Then judge a decision “Very disappointing” to Mr. Smith’s lawyer. this is the last one He claims his innocence for more than thirty years.to CNN Amy Harwell, who claims new DNA analysis techniques on a murder weapon prove her denial.

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