By Execution Watch
John Balentine of Texas death row has beaten the grim reaper twice. He’s trying for a third time.
Texas plans to execute him Wednesday. If the courts reject his last-minute appeals and Texas goes forward, Execution Watch will broadcast coverage, commentary and analysis of unresolved issues in the state killing.
RADIO SHOW PREVIEW
Unless a stay is issued, we’ll broadcast live:
Wed., Aug. 22, 2012, 6-7 PM Central Time
KPFT FM Houston 90.1, and
http://executionwatch.org > Listen
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TEXAS PLANS TO EXECUTE:
JOHN BALENTINE, 43, who has beaten two execution dates, winning stays each time. The former auto mechanic was condemned in the 1998 deaths of three teens in Amarillo. Prosecutors said the slayings were the result of a feud between Balentine and his ex-girlfriend’s brother, one of the victims. Balentine was granted reprieves after arguing that his trial attorneys did a poor job. Background at www.executionwatch.org > Backpage on Balentine.
Host: RAY HILL, an ex-convict and activist who founded — and hosted for 30 years — The Prison Show on KPFT. His HMS radio show broadcasts each Wednesday at 2 p.m.: hmsnetradio.org.
Legal Analyst: JIM SKELTON, a legal educator, retired attorney and native Texan who has seen capital trials from both the prosecution and defense tables. Joining him will be Houston criminal defense attorneys SUSAN ASHLEY and LARRY DOUGLAS.
Featured Interview: PROF. ROBERT CHASE, the public historian at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. He is the author of, Civil Rights on the Cell Block: Race, Reform, and Violence in Texas Prisons and the Nation, 1945–1990, a history of the prison system’s brutality and changing face
Reporter, Death House, Huntsville: GLORIA RUBAC, founder and leader, Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement, abolitionmovement.org.
Reporter, Vigil, Houston: DAVE ATWOOD, a founder of Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, ww.tcadp.org.
NEXT SCHEDULED EXECUTION
On Sept. 20, Texas plans to kill ROBERT HARRIS. Unless he gets a stay, we’ll broadcast;
PRODUCER: Elizabeth, eliza.tx.usa @gmail.com.
STUDIO ENGINEER: Doyle.
THEME: By Victoria Panetti, SheMonster International, myspace.com/shemonster.