Monday, May 17, 2010

Execution Watch: Rogelio Cannady

By Elizabeth Stein
Producer, Execution Watch

On Wednesday, Texas plans to execute Rogelio Cannady, the first person prosecuted under a 1993 Texas law permitting a charge of capital murder against a prisoner who kills someone while serving 99 years or life. Execution Watch will broadcast details and cover the issues. Pass the word.


May 19, 2010, Wed., 6-7 pm CT
Listen on KPFT's HD-2 channel, 90.1 FM Houston, or
Go to www.executionwatch. org at 6 p.m. CT, click on “Listen.”

  ROGELIO CANNADY was in prison on a life sentence in 1993 at the McConnell Unit in Beeville when he was charged with killing his cellmate, who was serving 15 years for murder. Cannady was the first Texas prisoner prosecuted under a 1993 statute permitting a capital murder charge against an offender serving 99 years or life on a previous murder conviction. Cannady said he killed his cellmate in self-defense and  the conviction that put him in prison was based on a coerced confession. (More at www.executionwatch. org > Backpage on Rogelio Cannady.)

  Host: RAY HILL, an ex-convict who has lost many friends to the death chamber. His civil rights activism has included shepherding several cases to the U.S. Supreme Court. Ray hosts the Prison Show, now in its 31st year, Friday nights on KPFT, www.theprisonshow. org .

  Legal Analyst: JIM SKELTON, a retired attorney, Jim continues to contribute to the profession by teaching continuing education classes in appellate law. He has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in capital cases.

  Featured Interview: CHRIS CASTILLO was recently appointed National/Texas outreach coordinator for Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation. He started his career as a reporter for a Texas newspaper and was covering the court beat when he learned his mother, Pilar Castillo, had been murdered in her Houston home. Soon afterward, Chris began working with crime victims, joining a group that takes them into prison to help inmates see the impact of their crimes. (

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

   Reporter, Vigil, Houston: TBA.

  On Tuesday, Texas plans to execute JOHN ALBA. If that happens, Execution Watch will broadcast. Details:

  PRODUCER: Elizabeth Ann Stein, steinea
  TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: Otis Maclay, omaclay
  THEME MUSIC: “Death by Texas,” Victoria Panetti, www.myspace. com/shemonster

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