United States of America: Imminent execution of juvenile offender

Index Number: AMR 51/023/1993

Gary Graham, black, is scheduled to be executed in Texas on 29 April 1993. He was sentenced to death in November 1981 for the murder of a white man committed when he was 17 and still a minor. If carried out, this would be the sixth execution of a juvenile offender in the USA since the reinstatement of the death penalty. Gary Graham’s appeal lawyers have argued that he was poorly represented at his original trial: his lawyers apparently failed fully to explore or present alibi evidence or to uncover evidence of possible brain damage. His appeals have been rejected but his lawyers are continuing to investigate alleged discrepancies in the evidence in support of a possible innocence claim.

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