Save Joseph Christopher Garcia from execution on December 4, 2018

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Clemency for Joseph. 

We respectfully ask for your help in preventing the execution of Joseph Christopher Garcia on December 4, 2018. 

Joseph Christopher Garcia was born on November 6, 1971 to Juanita Francis Trevino.

He is scheduled to be executed on December 4, 2018. He is Texas’ death row inmate #999441, incarcerated at the Polunsky Unit in Livingston, Texas since 2003.

Joseph was one of the members of the Texas Seven, a group of seven men who escaped from the Connally Unit near Kenedy, Texas on December 13, 2000. While on escape from prison, and during a robbery, a police officer was shot and killed by some of the other members of the group. Joseph was indicted on capital murder of a police officer in 2001 and then was tried, found guilty, and sentenced to death in 2003, under the controversial Texas law of parties.  

Since 2009, a Texas law of parties reform bill has been filed every legislative session. This is a law which has been reviewed for reform since 2009 and which is debated by lawmakers, including when to impose the death penalty and when not to.  In addition, some lawmakers oppose the death penalty under this law altogether.  Even so, Joseph Christopher Garcia’s execution is scheduled on December 4, 2018, and will proceed unless intervention on his behalf occurs. It is the stance of Joseph’s supporters, because the issue pertaining to “non-shooters” or to people who have not killed is particularly concerning to some lawmakers, it would be unjust and unethical to allow the execution of Joseph Christopher Garcia.

Joseph has always said about the murder of the police officer, “this was never supposed to happen” and “I never thought this could be an outcome”. Furthermore, the ringleader of the Texas Seven, who admitted to initiating the shooting of the police officer, and the other members of the group who shot and killed the police officer, have since been executed. The last one was executed in 2015. For these reasons, among others, it is the stance of Joseph’s supporters that executing him would serve no purpose.

Our hopes are that Joseph will be given the same opportunity for clemency as other men on death row, who were convicted and sentenced to death under the Texas law of parties, have been granted in the past, are being considered to be granted at the present time, and may be granted in the future.


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