Sunday, July 18, 2010

Jackson slated for death after 18 years on Row

   Derrick Jackson

By Elizabeth Stein
Producer, Execution Watch

HUNTSVILLE, TEXAS -- A man condemned on evidence called into question by a probe of the Houston Police Department's crime lab is scheduled to be put to death Tuesday. Unless Derrick Jackson is fortunate enough to receive a stay, Execution Watch will provide coverage.



July 20, 2010, Tues., 6-7 pm Central Time
Listen on KPFT's HD2 channel, 90.1 FM Houston, or
Go to www.executionwatch. org at 6 p.m. CT, click on “Listen.”

  DERRICK JACKSON, 42, was condemned in 1998 for the 1988 stabbing deaths of Houston Grand Opera tenors Richard Alan Wrotenbery and Forrest G. Henderson in their Houston apartment. Jackson, formerly of Missouri City, has insisted on his innocence. He was linked to the slayings by DNA evidence and a bloody fingerprint on the apartment door. The discovery of widespread problems at the HPD crime lab led Harris County D.A. investigators to order the evidence retested. (More background at www.executionwatch. org > Backpage on Derrick Leon Jackson.)

  Host: RAY HILL is 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 also hosts the Prison Show, now in its 31st year, www.theprisonshow. org .

  Legal Analyst:  ROBERT ROSENBERG, a Houston attorney, has been handling death row cases since the 1980s. As a civil rights lawyer, he has been tapped by the American Civil Liberties Union to represent some of its clients.

  Featured Interview: KENNETH WILLIAMS is a professor at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles. He will be a visiting lecturer at Houston's South Texas School of Law during the coming academic year. He is a nationally regarded authority on capital punishment. A member of the Death Penalty Litigation Committee of the State Bar of Texas, Williams has authored numerous articles and spoken around the country on capital punishment. He continues to represent inmates on Texas death row.

  Reporter, Death House, Huntsville: GLORIA RUBAC, a leader of the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement, which may be followed on Facebook.

   Reporter, Houston, Vigil: CHARLIE DOYLE. A transplanted New Yorker, he and his wife are members of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty who have established a vigil on execution nights at St. Patrick Cathedral in El Paso.  (

  On Aug. 17, Texas plans to execute PETER CANTU. Execution Watch will broadcast. Details:

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



Anonymous said...

How is it possible to kill this man today ? I strongly hope that this scheduled execution will not take place as the following ones. I am not alone to think that but how is it possible to stop it ?
Yours sincerely.
Odile Millereux, France

Anonymous said...

This man was likely innocent, and murdered by the United States of Texas. God bless you, Derrick. Rest in everlasting peace...

Anonymous said...

I have always been strongly opposed to the death penalty. But when it is someone close to you - Alan was a family friend, someone I knew, someone my brother was close friends with - it is hard not to want the filty animal who butchered him dead.

Even with those feelings, I still cannot justify the death penalty.