Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Execution Watch: Arturo Diaz, Sept. 26

Arturo Diaz talks with a KRGV TV reporter on death row.

HUNTSVILLE, Texas - The Lone Star state, for the second time in as many weeks, plans Thursday to execute a poor Latino from the Rio Grande Valley.

KPFT-FM's Execution Watch will broadcast live coverage and commentary on the state killing of Arturo Diaz.

Unless a stay is issued, we'll broadcast live:
Thursday, 26 September 2013, 6-7 PM Central Time
KPFT FM Houston 90.1 and Online...
Updates and discussion on Facebook: Execution Watch

ARTURO DIAZ, convicted in the stabbing death of a McAllen man during a 1999 robbery in which Diaz and another man reportedly went to an apartment seeking drugs. Diaz is set to become the 10th person executed for crimes in the Rio Grande Valley since 1982. Another 13 people are in Texas Death Row for crimes in the Valley. On appeal, the Las Milpas man said his trial lawyers failed to call relatives to testify about a childhood filled with poverty, neglect and violence. The courts rejected the argument, saying the attorneys were following Diaz’s instructions.

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: JOE FLORES, a bilingual criminal defense lawyer based in Corpus Christi. His father was an 8th-grade dropout and community activist who overcame civil rights barriers to become a teacher at age 40.. Flores has defended clients in state court and before the federal bench in the Southern District of Texas, which stretches from Houston to the Rio Grande Valley. His parents’ successes, political activism and volunteer work on behalf of others inspired Joe at an early age to pursue his dreams, www.floreslawfirm.com.

Reporter, Outside the Death House, Huntsville: GLORIA RUBAC, member, Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement, www.abolitionmovement.org.

Reporter, Vigil, Houston: DAVE ATWOOD, founder and former board member, Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, www.tcadp.org.

On Oct. 9, Texas plans to kill MICHAEL YOWELL. If it does, Execution Watch will air coverage.

PRODUCER: Elizabeth, eliza.tx.usa @gmail.com.
THEME:  By Victoria Panetti, SheMonster International, myspace.com/shemonster.

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