06/25/2020

Urgent Action: Man Faces Execution For Crime When Aged 18 (USA: UA 108.20)


Billy Wardlow’s execution is scheduled for 8 July 2020. He is on death row in Texas, USA in connection with the 1993 murder of an 82-year-old man when he was just 18 years old. The jury that sentenced Billy Wardlow was never presented mitigating evidence. Since 2005, it’s unconstitutional to impose a death sentence on anyone younger than 18 when the crime occurred. Scientific research shows that development of the brain and psychological and emotional maturation continues into a person’s 20s. Two jurors now believe that he should serve a life sentence instead. We urge Governor Abbott to grant clemency.

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Greg Abbott
Governor of Texas
Office of the Governor, P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711
Contact form: https://gov.texas.gov/apps/contact/opinion.aspx
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Amnesty International USA Headquarters,
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Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles
8610 Shoal Creek Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78757
Fax: (512) 467-0945
Email: [email protected]

 

 

 

Dear Governor Abbott and the Board of Pardons and Paroles,

Billy Wardlow (TDCJ #999137, DOB 11/25/1974) faces execution on 8 July for a 1993 murder committed when he was just 18 years old. The jury never heard mitigating information about his troubled childhood and sentenced him based on his supposed “future dangerousness”.

The US Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional to impose a death sentence on individuals under the age of 18 at the time of the offense and noted, “qualities that distinguish juveniles from adults do not disappear when an individual turns 18”. Scientific research shows that brain development and psychological and emotional maturation continues well into a person’s 20s. The sentencing jury in Wardlow’s case never heard this information. Two jurors now believe that he should serve a life sentence instead.

The death penalty is the ultimate denial of human rights. I urge you to grant him clemency.

Sincerely,

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