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

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 to appeal judge’s ruling blocking death row inmate’s execution

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall indicated he would appeal a federal judge’s ruling effectively blocking the scheduled execution of death row inmate Matthew Reeves later this month.

Marshall filed a notice of appeal of U.S. Circuit Court Judge Austin Huffaker’s issuing of a preliminary injunction preventing the Selma man’s execution by any method other than nitrogen gas.

Alabama has not developed protocols for executing inmates via nitrogen gas, and did not expect to have protocols for at least a few months, meaning the state would not be able to execute Reeves on Jan. 27.

Huffaker found Reeves, who was sentenced to death for the 1996 robbery-murder of 38-year-old Willie Johnson, Jr., in Selma, is likely to prevail on the merits of his case against the state.

Reeves, 43, who claims to be intellectually disabled, argues in his lawsuit against Alabama Department of Corrections Commissioner John Hamm and others that the state did not accommodate his disability when it gave him a form asking him to choose whether he wanted to die by nitrogen gas or another method.

Reeves claims his IQ is in the upper 60s and lower 70s, which meant he could not read or comprehend the form the state gave him.

Reeves and 2 others from Selma, including his brother, were convicted of capital murder in the robbery-slaying of 38-year-old Willie Johnson, Jr. in the city in 1996.

Johnson was a public housing employee from Selma who towed Reeves’ broken-down car.

“In payment for this act of kindness, Reeves murdered Johnson, stole his money, and mocked his dying spasms,” U.S. Supreme Court justices wrote in their majority opinion in July upholding an appeals court’s ruling rejecting Reeves’ claim that he had ineffective counsel.

Johnson’s body was found inside his truck on Thanksgiving morning 1996.

Marshall indicated he would appeal Huffaker’s decision to the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, which set oral arguments in the appeal for Jan. 21.

Reeves’ brother, Julius Reeves, is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole in Donaldson Correctional Facility in Bessemer. 

A third defendant, Brenda Scuttles, is incarcerated in the Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka after being sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

Source: al.com, Staff, January 13, 2022

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