Brazos Valley Burn Bans: The following counties are under a Burn Ban: Austin, Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Houston, Lee, Leon, Madison, Milam, Robertson, San Jacinto, Trinity, Walker, Washington
A state appeals court stay of an execution scheduled for Tuesday night may have put at least a temporary lock on the nation's busiest execution chamber.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted a reprieve to Houston gang member Derrick Sean O'Brien. He was to die for the 1993 Houston torture-slayings of 14-year-old Jennifer Ertman and 16-year-old Elizabeth Pena.
Lawyers for O'Brien argued the drugs used to kill him "unnecessarily create a risk that O'Brien will suffer excruciating excessive pain during the administration of his lethal injection."
The US Supreme Court heard arguments in a Florida case last month that questions whether inmates can file special last-minute civil rights challenges to lethal-injection chemicals.
The Texas drug procedure is similar to the one in Florida -- but until yesterday's ruling similar appeals in Texas death penalty cases have failed. This was the first case to raise the question in the state courts.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.