Frank Garcia is to be executed Thursday
By Elizabeth Ann Stein
Producer, Execution Watch
Dozens of San Antonio Police officers will travel by chartered bus Thursday to Huntsville, Texas, to stand outside the death house while Frank Garcia is put to death.
Execution Watch will provide live coverage and commentary of the case and the execution on KPFT FM 90.1 HD3 in Houston and over the internet at http://executionwatch.org starting at 6 p.m. Central Time.
TEXAS PLANS TO EXECUTE
FRANK GARCIA, who turned 39 Friday, was convicted in the shooting deaths of his wife and a San Antonio Police officer in 2001. Both were slain after the officer responded to a call about a domestic dispute at the couple’s home. More background: executionwatch.org > Backpage on Frank Garcia.
Host: RAY HILL, an ex-convict and activist who founded, and hosted for 30 years, the Prison Show on KPFT. His new show may be heard every weekday on hmsnetradio.org at 2 p.m. CT.
Legal Analyst: JIM SKELTON, a legal educator and retired attorney, he’s a native Texan and iconoclast who has seen capital trials from both the prosecution table and the defense table. His scheduled guests are fellow attorneys SUSAN ASHLEY and LARRY DOUGLAS.
Featured Interview: VICTORIA PANETTI. Sister of Texas death row prisoner Scott Panetti, she composed and performed Death by Texas, adopted by Execution Watch as its theme song. A case brought on behalf of her severely schizophrenic brother prompted a 2007 Supreme Court ruling, Panetti v. Quarterman, that raised the bar for executing mentally ill people.
Reporter, Death House, Huntsville: GLORIA RUBAC founder and leader, Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement, abolitionmovement.org.
Reporter, Vigil, Houston: TCADP, a member of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty will report from the execution vigil the group sponsors in Houston, www.tcadp.org.
Thursday's Execution Watch will be heard in Houston on KPFT's HD3 channel, instead of HD1, because of the ongoing fundraising campaign on HD1. The live internet stream at http://executionwatch.org will not be affected.
NEXT SCHEDULED EXECUTION
On Nov. 9, Texas plans to execute HENRY “HANK” SKINNER. A stay is likely, but we’re prepared to broadcast if need be. Details: executionwatch.org
PRODUCER: Elizabeth Ann Stein, eliza.tx.usa @gmail.com.
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Otis Maclay, omaclay @gmail.com.
STUDIO ENGINEER: Doyle.
THEME: By Victoria Panetti, SheMonster International, myspace.com/shemonster.