THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS
Ken Paxton

Media Advisory: Terry Darnell Edwards Scheduled for Execution

Thursday, January 26, 2017 – Austin

Pursuant to a court order by the 195th District Court of Dallas County, Terry Darnell Edwards is scheduled for execution after 6:00 p.m. on Thursday January 26, 2017.

In 2003, a Dallas County jury found Edwards guilty of capital murder and sentenced him to death for the murder of Mickell Goodwin during the course of a robbery of Goodwin and Tommy Walker.

 

FACTS OF THE CASE

The Court of Criminal Appeals summarized the facts of the crime as follows:

On the morning of July 8, 2002, [Edwards] and another man robbed and killed two clerks at a Dallas Subway sandwich shop. Both victims were shot in the head from only inches away. [Edwards] later gave a statement in which he admitted being inside the sandwich shop but claimed that the other man, “T-Bone,” did the shooting. [Edwards] acknowledged having the money stolen from the store and the gun used to kill the victims, but claimed that “T-Bone” gave him the gun when they left the store. [Edwards] had worked at that particular Subway some months earlier, but he had been fired when it appeared that he had been stealing money from the register. [Edwards] had previously been fired from another Subway shop for misappropriating store funds under his control.

Edwards v. State, 2006 Tex. Crim. App. Unpub. LEXIS 582, 2-3 (Tex. Crim. App. Mar. 1, 2006).

 

PROCEDURAL HISTORY

In July of 2002, a Dallas County grand jury indicted Edwards for the murder of Mickell Goodwin.

A Dallas County jury found Edwards guilty of capital murder. After the jury recommended capital punishment, the court sentenced Edwards to death. Judgment was entered on November 21, 2003.

On March 1, 2006, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed Edwards’s conviction.

Edwards also sought to appeal his conviction and sentence of death by filing an application for a state writ of habeas corpus with the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. The Court of Criminal Appeals denied this petition on December 16, 2009.

Edwards attempted to appeal his convictions and sentence in the federal district court for the Northern District of Texas. The district court denied the application and a certificate of appealabilty (COA) on August 6, 2014.

The Fifth Circuit denied Edwards’s application for COA on May 19, 2015.

Edwards petitioned the Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari but the Court denied him on November 2, 2015.

 

PRIOR CRIMINAL HISTORY

Under Texas law, the rules of evidence prevent certain prior criminal acts from being presented to a jury during the guilt-innocence phase of the trial. However, once a defendant is found guilty, jurors are presented with information about the defendant’s prior criminal conduct during the second phase of the trial—which is when they determine the defendant’s punishment.

Edwards had previously been convicted of felony theft and failed to complete the terms of his deferred adjudication community supervision so was convicted and sentenced to five years imprisonment. Edwards was also convicted of possession with intent to deliver cocaine. Finally, the jury was presented with evidence that Edwards and an accomplice had robbed another Subway shop in Fort Worth. As they drove off from the Subway, the robbers almost ran down a uniformed deputy sheriff who drew his gun and yelled at them to stop.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

For additional information and statistics, please access the Texas Department of Criminal Justice website at www.tdcj.state.tx.us.