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Help Stop the Execution of David Powell Scheduled in Texas on June 15, 2010

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There will be a demonstration against the execution of David Powell on Monday, June 14, at 5:30 pm at the Texas Capitol in Austin on the sidewalk at 11th and Congress.

In addition to signing the petition below, please call the Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg from 8 am to 5 pm and urge her to ask Governor Perry to issue a 30 day stay of execution and to ask the convicting court judge to withdraw the execution date. 

Rosemary Lehmberg phone number: (512) 854-9400.

David Powell is on death row in Texas for the murder of a police officer, Ralph Ablanedo, committed 32 years ago in the state capital, Austin. Twenty-seven years old at the time of the crime, David Powell is now 59. More than 70 countries have legislated to abolish the death penalty since David Powell was first sent to death row. 

The Travis County District Attorney, Rosemary Lehmberg, has requested that the trial court set an execution date for David Lee Powell, and the court has now set David’s execution for June 15, 2010. DA Lehmberg has the authority to ask the court to withdraw the warrant, but she will not do so without the public letting her know LOUD AND CLEAR that she has done the wrong thing. Tell her your disappointment that she is missing an opportunity to take the most progressive county in Texas, Travis County, into the future by withdrawing David’s execution date. She knows that there are appropriate alternatives to the death penalty. Let her know you do too. And tell her – if you are a voter in Austin and Travis County, that you will never vote for her again if she goes through with this terrible deed.

David Powell has already served 32 years and during this time he has done good things, compassionate things, such as helping numerous illiterate inmates learn to read and write. He has served a life sentence. Now on top of this life sentence the State of Texas intends to carry out a death sentence too. 

David was sentenced to death because prosecutors convinced the jury that he would pose a future danger to society, but he has had only minor non-violent infractions in the 32 years he has been on death row, such as having an extra pair of socks and shorts in his cell; playing his radio too loudly; or not making his bed before 6am. 

To learn more about the case of David Powell, visit or watch a 29 minute documentary, divided into four parts on YouTube: Part onePart twoPart threePart four.

David has expressed remorse for his actions in 1978. Because of the sincerity of his remorse and the compassionate life he has led while on death row, David deserves to have his sentence commuted from death. 

Read an article in the Austin American-Statesman about the letter David Powell wrote on December 31, 2009 apologizing to the family of Ralph Ablanedo, the officer he killed in 1978.

You can sign your name and send the letter as it is written, you can edit the letter to add or change some of the words, or you can delete all the current text and write a letter in your own words.

Anyone can sign the petition and send the email, but if you live in Austin or Travis County, you can add a line to the text of the email saying you live in Austin or Travis County.

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