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

Arizona attorney general asks state Supreme Court to proceed with executions again

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is again asking the Arizona Supreme Court to set briefing schedules for the execution of death row prisoners Frank Atwood and Clarence Dixon. 

Once briefing schedules are established, the attorney general said in a statement his office would file warrants of execution for both men, an action which starts a strict timetable for legal responses, testing of execution drugs, and the carrying out of the death sentences.

"Justice has been a long time coming in some of the most heinous crimes committed in our state,” Brnovich said in a statement. “It is our solemn duty to fulfill these court-ordered sentences on behalf of the victims, their loved ones, and our communities.”

Atwood, 65, was sentenced in Pima County in 1987 for the murder of an 8-year-old girl, Vicki Lynne Hoskinson. Dixon, 65, was convicted in 2008 for the 1978 murder of Deana Bowdoin, a 21-year-old senior at Arizona State University found dead inside her apartment with a belt around her neck. 

The Arizona Supreme Court vacated the previously established briefing schedules in the summer of 2021 for Atwood and Dixon after the state admitted it had miscalculated the shelf life of the drugs to be used for lethal injections.

Brnovich says additional testing has now been conducted on the lethal injection drugs, "establishing that the pentobarbital to be used . . . will have a beyond-use date of at least 90 days."

Both men have exhausted their available appeals, according to the attorney general.

The state supreme court could set dates for the briefing schedules should it approve the motions from the attorney general. “If the Arizona Supreme Court grants the motions, Arizona will carry out the execution 35 days from the date the execution warrants are issued,” the statement said.

Because the crimes they were convicted of occurred before 1992, both men have the choice between death by lethal injection or the gas chamber. Documents show the Arizona Department of Corrections recently refurbished its gas chamber and purchased chemicals to use it, but attorneys for Atwood and Dixon claimed the state acquired the wrong kind of cyanide.

An attorney for Dixon declined a request to comment for this story and an attorney for Atwood did not immediately respond.

Arizona has not carried out an execution since the botched execution of Joseph Wood in 2014, which took nearly two hours to complete.

Source: azcentral.com, Jimmy Jenkins, January 5, 2022

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