Stop the Execution of John Hummel in Texas

Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles & Governor Greg Abbott

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John Hummel is scheduled to die by lethal injection on June 30, 2021 in Huntsville, Texas, a rescheduled date from 2020 due to COVID. Hummel was convicted and sentenced to death for the 2009 murders of Joy Hummel and Clyde Bedford.


Read more about this case in the Austin Chronicle. Appeals raise issues of conflict of interest by Hummel's trail attorney, who is now employed by the Tarrant County District Attorney's office. Issues of inadequate defense at trial are also being raised.

Please sign the petition asking Governor Abbott and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to do everything within their power to stop this execution, including issuing a stay, and seeking a path to clemency in the case.

Additionally, you may reach out now to the Board at bpp_clemency@tdcj.texas.gov and the Governor at https://gov.texas.gov/contact/ and (512) 463-1782

Please note: In Texas, the Governor does have limited power when it comes to the death penalty. But the story we are told that "it's out of the governor's hands," is only true if we allow it to be. Yes, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles must recommend clemency in that state in order for the Governor to grant clemency (mercy) by commuting a death sentence. But the fact is that the governor appoints the members of the Board of Pardons and Paroles. He can choose to appoint members who will take valid claims and concerns more seriously, instead of acting like rubber-stamping gate-keepers. He can still use his position of power and influence to enact justice in the State of Texas.

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To: Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles & Governor Greg Abbott
From: [Your Name]

We are writing to ask that you to stop the June 30, 2021 execution of John Hummel, who was convicted of capital murder for the 2009 deaths of Joy Hummel and Clyde Bedford. We are concerned at allegations of inadequate representation and a conflict of interest with Mr. Hummel's trial attorney.

Thank you for your time and attention to this very serious and very urgent matter.