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A history of capital punishment in Texas

Milestones in capital punishment in Texas:

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Milestones in capital punishment in Texas:

1819 - George Brown is first person executed in Texas, by hanging.

1863 - Chipita Rodriguez is first woman executed in Texas, by hanging.

1923 - Lee Nathan becomes the last of 394 people executed by hanging.

1924 - Charles Reynolds becomes first inmate to die in the electric chair in Huntsville as state takes over executions.

1963 - Joseph Johnson is the last of 361 Texas prisoners to die in the electric chair.

1972 - U.S. Supreme Court finds death penalty "cruel and unusual;" death sentences of 52 people in Texas are commuted to life in prison.

1976 - U.S. Supreme Court holds Georgia death penalty statute constitutional, setting stage for resumption of executions.

1977 - Texas adopts lethal injection method.

1982 - Texas inmate Charlie Brooks becomes first in U.S. to receive lethal injection.

1998 - Karla Tucker becomes first woman executed in Texas since Civil War.

2000 - Texas executes a record 40 prisoners in one year.

2013 - Texas executes Kimberly McCarthy, number 500 by lethal injection.


Sources: Texas Department of Criminal Justice, "Espy File" database compiled by historians M. Watt Espy and John Ortiz Smykla.

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