Every Wednesday is media day on Texas’ Death Row, which basically means that journalists have access to inmates who have been sentenced to death.
Yesterday morning, photographer Ron Ennis and I made the 4 ½ hour drive to the Polunsky Unit in Livingston, where I interviewed Cleve Foster, who is set for execution next Tuesday for his role in the rape and murder of two Fort Worth women.
Foster was minutes away from dying on Jan. 11 when he received a last-minute reprieve after eating his last meal and saying goodbye to his family.
He talked to me about that. He also maintained his innocence and told me he is upset that Texas will be trying out its new execution drug on him if it goes through next week. (His attorneys have filed a lawsuit against the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to try and stop it.)
I’ll be writing about all that in a story for Sunday and I expect readers will also hear what this roller-coaster ride has been like for the family of Rachel Urnosky, 22, one of the women killed.
Until then, here’s a quick [and shaky] video of Michelle Lyons, spokeswoman with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, talking about Death Row media day.
- Melody McDonald