Texas executes Quintin Jones by lethal injection without media witnesses

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Texas inmate Quintin Jones was executed by lethal injection on Wednesday without media witnesses present.

The press was unable to witness the death of the 41-year-old as prison agency officials failed to inform reporters that it was time to apply the punishment, according to the Associated Press. It was the first time in at least 40 years that the media were not present at an execution.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jeremy Desel said he did not receive the usual phone call from the Huntsville Unit Jail to bring in reporters. Desel said the error “will never happen again”. Desel also said he was unsure whether the error was a violation of state law or a violation of agency policy.

Jones, convicted of murdering his great aunt in 1999, was executed at Huntsville State Penitentiary at 6:40 p.m.

“I want to thank everyone who has supported me over the years,” he said in his last statement. “Love all my friends and all the friendships I have made. They are like the sky. It’s all part of life, like a big plate full of food for the soul. I hope I left everyone a plate full of good memories, happiness and no sadness. I’m done, director.

Jones had filed a pardon petition asking the pardons board and the governor to commute his sentence to life in prison. His plea was dismissed.

Jones beat his great aunt to death with a baseball bat she kept for her own protection. The murder was motivated by Jones’ drug addiction at the time. His other great-aunt, Bryant’s younger sister, Mattie Long, forgave him.

“Another black man was executed this evening. America’s vision for justice remains shattered, barbaric and inhuman, ”said Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), in a tweet. “Maybe we need more forgiveness, more love, more understanding. I have no other words.

The writer Suleika Jaouad also expressed grief on Twitter. “Justice has not been served. The world is not a better place because Quin is gone, ”Jaouad wrote. “May his memory expand our capacity for grace and mercy.”

In his six years in office, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has granted clemency only once: to a white inmate, Thomas Whitaker.

During the year, Texas plans to carry out five executions, including that of Jones, out of a total of seven nationwide.



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