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About the Texas Death Penalty

The death penalty in Texas has been in existence for almost 200 years. Methods of capital punishment have included hanging, lethal injection, and electrocution. Currently, there is much opposition to the presence of such punishment, although strong supporters of this method of criminal punishment remain and capital punishment has yet to be abolished in this state.

In order for someone to qualify for capital punishment, he or she must be at least 18 years of age and must have "intentionally or knowingly cause[d] the death of an individual" in some special cases. Capital offenses include murder of the following individuals:

  • An on-duty police officer or firefighter
  • A judge
  • A child under 6 years of age

Capital offenses also include murder under the following circumstances:

  • For remuneration
  • Numerous murders
  • Intentional murder accompanying the commitment of another felony
  • Murder by an inmate who has already committed one of the following offenses: murder, aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery, capital murder

The average age of those who have been executed on death row is 39 years. Since 1976, Texas has executed the largest number of capital offenders in the United States. Currently, executions are performed by lethal injection of a combination of thiopental sodium, pancuronium bromide, and potassium chloride.

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If you have been charged with the death penalty, a good criminal defense lawyer can help you fight your case and save your life. Contact Austin criminal defense attorney Ian Inglis right away at (512) 472-1950.

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