Ronnie Paul Threadgill
HUNTSVILLE - Texas is preparing to carry out its 495th execution of the modern era Tuesday, the date for Ronnie Paul Threadgill.
The Lone Star State is fast approaching its 500th execution. No other state is even close. Since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, second-place Virginia has executed 110.
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Tues, 16 April 2013, 6-7 PM Central Time
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TEXAS PLANS TO EXECUTE:
RONNIE PAUL THREADGILL, sentenced to death for a 2001 slaying outside a Navarro County nightclub in which a 17-year-old boy was fatally wounded when two shots were fired into a car. The U.S. Supreme Court declined in 2012 to review the case. Threadgill's appeal asserted that his lawyers should have negotiated for a felony murder charge instead of capital murder. His would be the 495th execution in Texas during the modern era, in which nearly 40 percent of all U.S. executions have been carried out by Texas.
Host: RAY HILL, an ex-convict and activist who founded -- and hosted for 30 years -- The Prison Show on KPFT. His internet radio show airs each Wednesday at 2 PM CT.: hmsnetradio.org.
Legal Analyst: JIM SKELTON, a legal educator, retired attorney and native Texan who has seen capital trials from both the prosecution and defense tables. Joining him will be Houston criminal defense attorneys SUSAN ASHLEY, LARRY DOUGLAS, MICHAEL GILLESPIE & JACK LEE.
Featured Interview: ANTHONY GRAVES, wrongly imprisoned in 1992 for murders he didn't commit and freed just 2-1/2 years ago. He is now a professional motivational speaker, legal educator and lobbyist for bills to reduce wrongful convictions. www.anthonybelieves.com.
Reporter, Outside the Death House, Huntsville: GLORIA RUBAC, member, Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement, abolitionmovement.org.
Reporter, Vigil, Houston: DAVE ATWOOD, founder and former board member, Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, www.tcadp.org.
NEXT SCHEDULED EXECUTION
On April 24, Texas plans to kill ELROY CHESTER. If it does, Execution Watch will air.
PRODUCER: Elizabeth, eliza.tx.usa @gmail.com.
STUDIO ENGINEERS: Doyle, Mike Lewis.
THEME: By Victoria Panetti, SheMonster International, myspace.com/shemonster