change language
you are in: home - news newslettercontact uslink

Support the Community

August 8 2012

Marvin Wilson a mentally disable executed in Texas. A double horror that shows well how death penalty is always a horror.

It would have been enough if the State respected the law

printable version

Marvin Wilson, a mentally disable of 53 years old, is not anymore alive. Yesterday he received one doses of pentobarbital. He is the second person to receive one lethal injection instead of three. Even the last person who was executed in July, Yokamon Yearn, had mental problems.

Marvin Wilson was mentally retarded, due to alcohol abuse of his mother during his foetus life, but this problem wasn’t brought out clearly during the trial.

Marvin Wilson had difficulties to count and even to tie his shoes. His intelligence quotient was measured 61, Texas disputed the accuracy of  the mental tests and  ignored the sentence of the Constitutional Court that banned the execution of mentally retarded people since 2002.

This case was already full of “ halls”, in fact it was never made clear if he was really involved in the killing of a police drug informant. Another person charged with him, who was sentenced to life, accused Marvin to be the murder. Obviously Marvin Wilson was not capable to defend himself. This execution is like many others but at the same time is different because is against a mentally retarded person and for this reason against  low, even if  this low  gives to each American states the capability of deciding who is mentally retarded and who is not, who can be considered responsible of a crime and who is not.

Once again death penalty does not depend on the kind of crime that has been committed or on the need of the society to effectively protect itself but it depends on where you were born, in America or in  any other parts of the world.

The execution of Marvin Wilson is a horror linked to the horror of  any death sentence or execution. This execution shows more and more clearly how death penalty is useless, violent, irrational and it’s a State revenge done in cold blood,  it’s the horror of an extreme penalty used against a person who is not even aware of  daily life things.

The Community of Sant’Egidio joins its voice to the one of the victims, of  all those who were killed many years ago and of the family of Marvin Wilson, of the activists for human rights in Texas and of all those who have been working to stop the death machine for this case as for all the others. We are particularly impressed by the similarity of this case with the one of John Paul Penry,  also in Texas.

A mentally retarded man to who more than once has been announced the execution date. In 1999 after receiving his last meal, a dabble cheeseburger with chips, the machine of death was stopped. In fact the Community of Sant’Egidio organized a world wide campaign  to reopen the case of Penry. After the Supreme Court of United States cancelled  two times the death sentence the State of Texas tried three times to sentence him again. To stop this torture, that lasted thirty years, the case was closed with a plea bargaining. Penry is alive Wilson has been killed. He was killed against any commonsense, against the low even if  legal handholds were used  to execute him “ legally”.

The Community of Sant’Egidio, the Hands off Cain, the Italian Government and Reprive have been working and standing out against lethal injection and succeed to make one of the drug that was used to kill impossible to find. It is more than a decade  that United States is at its lower rate of  executions. Also in Texas the number of  convictions and executions are decreasing. But even one execution is too much. Death penalty not only creates new victims but humiliates the whole society. The horror of Marvin Wilson execution makes this even  more clear. Death penalty has to be stopped, has to become something of the past,  like slavery and torture. Any execution is inhuman and increases the level of violence within a society. The battle continues. Also for Texas.

October 19 2017

THANKS to all those who signed the appeal for Anthony Shore: his execution was stopped tonight. Let's keep signing the appeal

IT | EN | DE
October 10 2017

On 15th World Day Against the Death Penalty let us visit the poorest convicts in Africa

IT | EN | DE | ID
June 1 2017

The bar 'Friends - Coffee & Books' opens in Antwerp

IT | EN | ES | DE | FR | PT | NL | HU
April 4 2017

Let's ask to stop the 8 executions planned in Arkansas by April. Sign the Appeal!

IT | EN | DE
February 9 2017

Sant'Egidio expresses solidarity with the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines for the struggle against death penalty

January 16 2017

ART AS A TOOL: THE ART OF EXCHANGING WORLDS. A seminar in London on combining art and disability

all the news
February 19 2018

Appello della Chiesa Usa per salvare la vita di due condannati a morte

December 27 2017

Chiesa e disabilità. Nulla può impedire l’incontro con Cristo

December 16 2017
Il Manifesto

Una trattoria alternativa

December 3 2017
Vatican Insider

Disabilità, Sant'Egidio: incrementare co-housing e inserimento nel lavoro

December 2 2017
Corriere della Sera - Ed. Roma

Al Colosseo artisti contro la pena di morte

November 30 2017
Corriere della Sera - Ed. Roma

Live contro la pena di morte

all press releases
December 3 2017 | NAPLES, ITALY

Liturgia eucaristica di inizio dell'Avvento dedicata ai disabili

September 24 2015

Pope Francis calls on Congress to end the death penalty. "Every life is sacred", he said

March 12 2015
Associated Press

Death penalty: a look at how some US states handle execution drug shortage

March 5 2015
Associated Press

Nitrogen gas executions approved by Oklahoma House

February 28 2015

Australian PM strikes conciliatory note over Indonesia executions

February 28 2015

US Supreme Court won't lift stay in Florida execution

February 25 2015

Saudi court gives death penalty to man who renounced his Muslim faith

February 21 2015

New Oregon governor will continue death penalty moratorium

February 15 2015

Archbishop Chaput applauds Penn. governor for halt to death penalty

go to no death penalty

Statement by Minister J. Kamara on the death penalty in Sierra Leone

Vice President Mnangagwa: Zimbabwe's steps toward the abolition of the death penalty

Mario Marazziti: rifiutare la logica della pena di morte per non cedere alla trappola del terrore

Cambodian Minister of Justice, Ang Vong Vathana: Cambodia as a model of Asian country without the death penalty

Rajapakshe, Minister of Justice: Sri Lanka to protect the right to life, against the death penalty

Tanni Taher: the commitment of Sant'Egidio against the death penalty in Indonesia

all documents


878 visits

990 visits

816 visits

768 visits

798 visits
all the related media