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Capital Punishment

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This week on "Texas Matters," we look at the death penalty.

Texas has executed 553 prisoners since capital punishment resumed in 1976, which is more than any other state. Over 11 years, Michelle Lyons watched 278 men and women take their last breath at the hands of the state.

Lyons joins us to discuss her experiences witnessing executions first as a newspaper reporter and then working for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in the book, “Death Row: The Final Minutes.”

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The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted a stay in the execution of Randall Wayne Mays. Mays was convicted in the 2007 murders of Investigator Paul Steven Habelt and Deputy Sheriff Tony Price Ogburn, from the Henderson County Sheriff's office.

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay in tonight's scheduled execution of Scott Panetti.