Sunday, May 01, 2011

Kerr execution to involve first TX use of pentobarbital

                                                     Cary Kerr has maintained his innocence

By Elizabeth Ann Stein
Producer, Execution Watch

Texas plans to put to death Cary Kerr Tuesday with a lethal-injection formula that would mark the first use of the barbiturate pentobarbital by the nation's busiest executioners.
Unless there is a stay, Execution Watch will broadcast coverage and commentary, beginning when the execution does at 6 p.m. Central Time. It may heard on the internet at > Listen, or in the Houston area on KPFT FM 90.1.

 CARY KERR, 46, convicted and sentenced to death after refusing a prosecutor’s offer of a life sentence in exchange for a guilty plea. Kerr has maintained his innocence in the 2001 murder of Pamela Horton in the Fort Worth suburb of Haltom City following a night of drinking. Kerr’s habeas attorney said he would ask the U.S. Supreme Court to stay the execution so evidence may be presented that Kerr’s trial attorney did a poor job by failing to give the jury mitigating evidence of abuse Kerr suffered during childhood. If Texas executes Kerr as scheduled, it will mark its first use of pentobarbital in the lethal-injection protocol. More background at > Backpage on Cary Kerr.

 Host: RAY HILL, an ex-convict who has lost a dozen friends to the death chamber. Ray’s civil rights activism has included shepherding several cases to the U.S. Supreme Court. He founded, and hosted for 30 years, KPFT’s Prison Show, .

 Legal Analyst: JIM SKELTON, a legal educator and retired attorney, Jim is a native Texan who has seen capital trials from the prosecution table and the defense table.

 Featured Interview: To be announced.

 Reporter, Death House, Huntsville: DENNIS LONGMIRE, PhD, a professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University, Huntsville.

 Reporter, Texas Vigil: DAVE ATWOOD, a founder and board member of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death penalty, and author of the memoir, Detour to Death Row.

 On June 1, Texas plans to execute GAYLAND BRADFORD, a 21-year resident of death row. If that happens, Execution Watch will broadcast. Details:

 PRODUCER: Elizabeth Ann Stein, eliza.tx.usa
 TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: Otis Maclay, omaclay
 THEME: “Death by Texas,” Victoria Panetti and SheMonster International, shemonster


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