HOUSTON, TX – Whether you support the death penalty or not, we can all agree race should never be a factor right?!
Not necessarily. That’s what led a bunch of suits to get together outside of the Criminal Justice downtown center Wednesday morning.
Civil rights, religious and political leaders are joining forces to encourage the District Attorney’s Office and Criminal Appeals Court to grant Duane Buck a re-sentencing.
Buck was convicted of killing his old girlfriend and another man in 1997. During the sentencing, an expert witness told jurors black offenders are more likely to pose a future danger to society. Buck has been on death row ever since.
Former Texas Governor Mark White is among the leaders arguing Buck deserves a new sentencing hearing.
‘I’ve always supported the death penalty but I don’t support it for people who aren’t properly tried and convicted,’ he said.
The Criminal Court of Appeals will make the next step.