Six Weeks, 12 Executions Scheduled

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LIVINGSTON, Texas -- The crowd on A-Wing A-Section at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Polunsky Unit is about to be thinned.

A dozen condemned inmates in the so-called "death watch" cells on death row are set for lethal injection over the next six weeks.

Two are scheduled for next week, two for the week after and two more the week after that. Then six more in November, adding to Texas' standing as the nation's most active death penalty state.

Alvin Kelly says "it's just the way of Texas." Kelly's to be the first of the 12 set to die when he heads to the state death chamber in Huntsville on Tuesday.

Kelly, unlike some of his fellow prisoners, says he looks forward to dying. But he insists evidence in his case was manipulated and that he's innocent of fatally shooting of 22-month-old Devin Morgan in East Texas in 1984. The toddler's parents, Jerry and Brenda Morgan, were gunned down at the same time.

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