TX Gov. Greg Abbott and TX Board of Pardons- Stop the Execution of Travis Runnels

TX GOV. GREG ABBOTT, TX BOARD OF PARDONS

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Texas has set its final execution date of 2019 on December 11th for Travis Runnels, who was convicted in the 2003 murder of Stanley Wiley. More information about this case is here.

Texas has had 13 execution dates set for the last 5 months of 2019. 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. Questions are raised around Texas' implementation of the death penalty considering two of the prisoners have a strong claim to innocence, eight exhibit significant emotional and/or mental vulnerabilities, two have not directly killed anyone (but were sentenced under "law of parties,") and three were 21 years of age or younger at the time of their crime.

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




Petition by
Kyle Rubin
Toledo, Ohio
Sponsored by

To: TX GOV. GREG ABBOTT, TX BOARD OF PARDONS
From: [Your Name]

We are writing to ask that you stop the December 11th execution of Travis Runnels, who was convicted in the 2003 murder of Stanley Wiley.

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 Runnels is carried out, this will be the state’s 22nd 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. We also add our voices to those of the prisoners on death row and urge you to respond to their request that you visit and pray with them.