UPDATE: The PoS got another stay from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. I can picture the Texas Tribune staff high-fiving each other in their downtown offices after getting word of the stay.
Skinner has an appeal filed with the 31 Judicial District Court of Gray County, which denied a motion for DNA testing last week.
The TCCA’s ruling stays the inevitable execution pending the resolution of this appeal.
This ruling does not order the DNA testing. If the Gray County court’s decision to deny DNA testing is upheld, a new execution date should be set quickly.
- Thug: Henry Watkins “Hank” Skinner (31 at time of offense)
- Date of Execution: November 09, 2011, sometime shortly after 6:00 pm HTT
- Date of Crime: December 31, 1993
- Victim(s): Twila Busby (?) and her two adult retarded sons, Randy Busby (20) and Elwin Scooter Caler (22)
- Last Meal: A special cocktail consisting of : sodium pentothal, pancuronium bromide, and potassium chloride
- Final Words: TBD
The anti-death penalty activist (posing as an objective journalist by day) Brandi Grissom of the Texas Tribune hardest hit. Some of her friends should go check on her (when she gets back from Huntsville, that is) and make sure she’s OK.
She’s already posted two more articles on Skinner’s DNA claims (first post here, noting that his request was denied by the Gray County District Court last week, and another post today as she holds her breath hoping that Skinner gets his requests granted).
The second piece reads like it was written by a member of Skinner’s defense team, rather than an “objective” journalist.
Hank’s primary defense? He was so fucked up on drugs and alcohol at the time of the murder, that there’s no way he could have committed the crimes. You know…because drunk and high people never murder anybody…
Skinner is scheduled to be put to death for his horrific crimes on Wednesday. I don’t believe that a court will save him this time, but I would not be surprised to see Gov. Perry order the DNA test. I don’t believe that Governor Perry would order the test, but I’m not so sure that candidate Perry won’t.
For those of you saying, “Why don’t we just do the damned test to make sure he’s not guilty?”…it’s because the results of the DNA test will not be enough to overturn his conviction. Those DNA test cannot erase the piles of other physical evidence that was used to convict Skinner. The tests will not exonerate him. Period.