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Clinton Young Free Pending Retrial After 20 Years on Texas Death Row

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Former Texas death-row prisoner Clinton Young has been released from custody nearly twenty years after being sentenced to death for a double murder he has consistently said he did not commit. Young walked out of the Midland County Detention Center January 21, 2022, after the foundation posted bond to secure his freedom while prosecutors from neighboring Dawson County decide whether to retry Young on the charges.  The foundation crowdfunded contributions to cover 15% of the $150,000 cash bail to gain Young’s release. RELATED |  Texas | Former death row inmate Clinton Young released on bond The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (TCCA) granted Young a new trial in September 2021 following revelations that his prosecutor from the Midland County District Attorney’s office had also secretly served as a paid clerk to county judges who presided over Young’s trial and post-conviction appeals. In a video posted on the foundation’s Facebook page, Young removed his left sneaker and sock and stepped

Alabama: James Callahan executed

James Harvey Callahan was executed at 6:24 p.m. today [Jan. 15, 2009] at Holman Correctional Facility for the 1982 kidnapping, rape and murder of a Jacksonville woman. He had been on Alabama's death row almost 26 years.

Callahan's attorneys had sought a stay today from the U.S. Supreme Court. It was rejected. Almost a year ago, the high court granted a reprieve only an hour before his scheduled execution. State prosecutors had said Callahan's appeals were exhausted. Gov. Bob Riley's office agreed, saying the governor had no plans to intervene. "Tonight, justice will finally be served," his statement said.

Callahan was twice convicted for the Feb. 3, 1982, slaying of Rebecca Suzanne Howell, a 26-year-old Jacksonville State University student abducted from a coin-operated laundry.

The victim's sister, Donna Wood released a statement that said, "This ordeal has never been anything but sad and difficult for everyone involved. She said it was unfortunate that her father, who died 3 years ago, did not live long enough to see the execution, "but we know that he is here with us in spirit." She said her slain sister was "truly a kind and loving person, one that we all still miss each and every day."

In his last moments, Callahan stared at his son, Kevin, told him that he loved him and asked Kevin to take care of his children and grandchildren. "I have a lot of remorse that I can't be here for you," he said.

Then Chaplain Chris Summers knelt beside him and prayed as Callahan closed his eyes, thrust several times against the staps, yawned, coughed twice and grew still.

Callahan never acknowledged any guilt and spoke only to his son, not to Rebecca Suzanne Howell's mother and sister.

Callahan had spent the day visiting with family and spiritual supporters. Department of Corrections spokesman Brian Corbett said Callahan prayed earlier with adviser Donald Barker, as well as with family members, and was to receive communion at 4:30 p.m.

Callahan's will bequeaths to his son $36.42 from his prison account, a black and white Radio Shack TV, 2 watches, a Walkman, some headphones, a leather belt, 2 pairs of boots, 1 pair of Nike tennis shoes, food items and legal papers.

Callahan becomes the 1st condemned inmate to be put to death this year in Alabama and the 39th overall since the state resumed capital punishment in 1883. The state has 4 more scheduled executions in the next 4 months.

Callahan becomes the 2nd condemned inmate to be put to death this year in the USA and the 1138th overall since the nation resumed executions on January 17, 1977.

The execution marks the second execution of 2009 & the last execution in the States during the Presidency of George W. Bush.

Sources: Birmingham News, Rick Halperin, Capital Defense Weekly, January 16, 2009

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