A History Of Capital Punishment In Texas

1819 – George Brown is first person executed in Texas, by hanging.


1863 – Chipita Rodriguez is first woman executed in Texas, by hanging.


1923 – Lee Nathan becomes the last of 394 people executed by hanging.


1924 – Charles Reynolds becomes first inmate to die in the electric chair in Huntsville as state takes over executions.


1963 – Joseph Johnson is the last of 361 Texas prisoners to die in the electric chair.


1972 – U.S. Supreme Court finds death penalty “cruel and unusual;” death sentences of 52 people in Texas are commuted to life in prison.


1976 – U.S. Supreme Court holds Georgia death penalty statute constitutional, setting stage for resumption of executions.


1977 – Texas adopts lethal injection method.


1982 – Texas inmate Charlie Brooks becomes first in U.S. to receive lethal injection.


1998 – Karla Tucker becomes first woman executed in Texas since Civil War.


2000 – Texas executes a record 40 prisoners in one year.


2013 – This undated file photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Kimberly McCarthy, who is on death row in Texas for the 1997 killing of a neighbor during a robbery. McCarthy is scheduled to be executed on June 26 and would be the 500th in Texas since the death penalty was reinstated by the Supreme Court in 1976.

Texas 500th Execution