Monday, August 06, 2012

Execution Watch: Marvin Wilson, Aug. 7

 Marvin Wilson, set for execution in Texas Aug. 7

By Elizabeth Stein
Producer, Execution Watch

No one disagrees that Marvin Wilson meets widely accepted criteria for mental retardation. No one disagrees the Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional the execution of people who are mentally retarded. But Texas plans to put Wilson to death Tuesday. Unless there's a stay, Execution Watch will broadcast. 

Unless a stay is issued, we'll broadcast live:
Tues., Aug. 7, 2012, 6-7 PM Central Time
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MARVIN WILSON, 54, was sentenced to death for his conviction in the 1992 kidnapping and murder of a police informant following a confrontation. A tip from the victim had led to a police search in which drugs were seized and charges lodged against Wilson. His attorneys have argued unsuccessfully on appeal that he is ineligible for execution because he is clearly mentally retarded. Background at > Backpage on Wilson.

Host: RAY HILL, an ex-convict and activist who founded -- and hosted for 30 years -- The Prison Show on KPFT. His HMS radio show broadcasts each Wednesday at 2 p.m.:

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 and LARRY DOUGLAS.

Featured Interview: PROF. JODY MADEIRA, author of KILLING MCVEIGH: THE DEATH PENALTY AND THE MYTH OF CLOSURE. Prof. Madeira, who teaches at Indiana University’s School of Law., studied the Oklahoma City bombing  to determine how survivors came to terms with the mass murder. In this first-ever case study of closure, she demonstrates  the importance of understanding what closure is before asserting it has been -- or can ever be -- reached. Go to or search for KILLING MCVEIGH.

Reporter, Death House, Huntsville: GLORIA RUBAC, founder and leader, Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement,

Reporter, Vigil, Houston: DAVE ATWOOD, a founder of Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty,

On Aug. 22, Texas plans to kill JOHN BALENTINE. Unless he gets a stay, we’ll broadcast;

PRODUCER: Elizabeth, eliza.tx.usa
THEME:  By Victoria Panetti, SheMonster International,

1 comment:

dudleysharp said...

All indications in Wilson's life are that he is not mentally retarded, as the tests confirm.

"The following evidence was presented in two hearings during the state habeas proceedings."

"Wilson presented school and prison training records, including standardized testing results. Five I.Q. scores are reflected in those reports. The first I.Q. test, the Lorge-Thorndike, was administered by Wilson’s school when he was approximately 13 years old. Wilson’s full-scale score on this test was 73. At age 29, Wilson was given an I.Q. test by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and scored 75. In April 2006, when Wilson was 46 and during the post-conviction proceedings, Wilson scored 61 on the WAIS III I.Q."

"Case: 09-70022 Document: 00511667534 Page: 10 Date Filed: 11/16/2011 test. On further testing by the defense, Wilson scored 75 on the Raven Standard Progressive Matrices and 79 on the TONI-II I.Q. tests. A score of 70 or below supports a finding of mental retardation. "