STOP THE EXECUTION OF PATRICK MURPHY
The state of Texas plans to execute Patrick Murphy on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 for his role in the killing of Officer Aubrey Hawkins in 2000.
Mr. Murphy is the second-to-last remaining member of the notorious "Texas 7," a group of men who organized the largest prison breakout in the history of Texas. Officer Hawkins was gunned down during an attempted robbery the "Texas 7" committed soon after escaping prison. Mr. Murphy, however, had left the premises and wasn't even at the store when Officer Hawkins was killed.
Despite his absence at the time of the crime, Mr. Murphy was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death in 2003 under Texas’ Law of Parties, which states that a person is criminally responsible for the actions of another if they are engaged in a conspiracy.
The Catholic Church teaches that the death penalty is unacceptable in all cases because it is "an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person." (Catholic Catechism 2267) It is especially reprehensible that Patrick Murphy could be executed for a murder that he himself did not commit.
We invite you to raise your voice in opposition to this execution by sending this prepared letter to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles advocating for clemency for Patrick Murphy.
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