Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Texas: Clemency Petition

Attorneys for Lester Leroy Bower Jr., are asking the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to grant a 90-day "reprieve" so as to allow consideration of Bower’s claim of innocence. A death sentence was handed down back in 1984 when Bower was convicted of killing four men in a airplane hangar during a "drug deal gone bad." The petition says, "evidence justifies a full reprieve. [At] minimum, however, Mr. Bower’s execution [should] not proceed where there is reasonable doubt of his guilt, and his sentence should be commuted to a life sentence." A State prosecutor will oppose Bower’s petition for clemency. The execution is scheduled for later this month. See full story here.

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