Stop the Execution of Tracy Beatty in Texas

Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles & Governor Greg Abbott

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UPDATE: The outbreak of the coronavirus has prompted the top Texas appeals court to grant a 60-day execution stay. Petitions signatures are still being collected, and will be delivered once a new date is set.

Tracy Beatty, 58, was scheduled to die by lethal injection on March 25 in Huntsville, Texas, but it has been delayed until further notice. Beatty was convicted and sentenced to death for the 2003 murder of his mother, Carolyn “Callie” Click.

This is not Tracy Beatty’s first scheduled execution. He was previously scheduled to be executed in 2009 and 2015. Both executions were stayed.

Texas' aggressive execution schedule marks it as an outlier in its use of the death penalty while the majority of other states are on a downward trend of executions. If the execution of Beatty is carried out, this will be the state’s 10th execution in less than 12 months.

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.

Petitions will be delivered on your behalf at 12:00 pm noon Eastern Time on Monday, March 16th.

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. You can simply leave a voice message, or choose to speak to a representative if you prefer.

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 March 25th execution of Tracy Beatty, who was convicted of capital murder for the 2003 death of Carolyn “Callie” Click.

We are concerned that while the vast majority of states with capital punishment continue on a downward trend of executions, Texas has continued to go against trend by carrying on an aggressive execution schedule. If the execution of Beatty is carried out, this will be the state’s 10th execution in less than 12 months. Texas' execution schedule goes against the national trend as more states are abandoning the death penalty in law or practice, whereas Texas is now only 1 of about 8 states that actively uses the death penalty.

We, the undersigned, ask that you do everything within your power to stop this execution, including issuing a stay, and seeking a path to clemency in the case.