October 19 – Texas Journey in Houston!
How long will Texas be able to bury innocence cases? Cases of people who have been wrongly accused, wrongly prosecuted, wrongly condemned and sentenced to death, wrongly executed? Already 139human beings have been exonerated and released from death row in the US (19 following DNA testings that proved them innocent), 11 of them were in Texas. There are just too many and the truth always comes out. It is coming out right now…
On October 19, Texas Journey speaker Sandrine Ageorges-Skinner was a guest of activist Gloria Rubac and the Texas Abolition Movement in Houston. Sandrine gave a detailed and articulate summary of Hank Skinner’s story and explained the many flaws that can be found in his case. It is mind-boggling that a state is forcing the way to kill him while 95% of the crime scene evidence remains untested, although the defense has always offered to pay for these DNA tests.
Here is Part 1 of the video. Hear the facts and stay tuned for Part 2.
Hank Skinner had befriended another man on death row, a man who was most certainly innocent of arson, a man who was described by Gov. Perry as a “monster who killed his three children” and who was denied clemency. This man was Cameron Todd Willingham. His last words while strapped to the gurney for his execution in Huntsville, Texas on February 17, 2004 were:
The only statement I want to make is that I am an innocent man convicted of a crime I did not commit. I have been persecuted for twelve years for something I did not do.
This case is coming back and may well haunt Texas for a long time. In Death by Fire, FRONTLINE gains unique access to those closest to the Willingham case. Read the Introduction and watch the documentary.
Before his execution, Todd Willingham said,“Please don’t ever stop fighting to vindicate me.” On October 30 at 2 PM, you can join the fight by attending the 11th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty at the Texas Capitol in Austin. Meet us there!
Journey of Hope…from Violence to Healing board member & Secretary