Washington D.C., May 19, 2021 / 15:15 pm
Catholics are asking the governor of Texas to halt an execution scheduled for Wednesday evening.
Quintin Jones, 41, who was sentenced to death in 2001 for the 1999 murder of his great-aunt, is scheduled to be executed at the state’s Huntsville unit at 6 p.m. local time Wednesday evening.
Jones was convicted for the murder of his 83 year-old great aunt Berthenia Bryant. Jones beat Bryant to death with a baseball bat while he was high on heroin and cocaine, and stole $30 from her to buy drugs. He had struggled with drug addiction at the time of the murder.
Bryant’s sister has said that she has forgiven Jones, and does not wish to see him executed. Likewise, Jones’ twin brother has also forgiven him. Bryant’s family has asked for Jones’ sentence to be commuted to life in prison.
The group Catholic Mobilizing Network, which opposes the death penalty, is asking for Catholics to contact Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and ask him to halt Jones’ execution with a 30-day reprieve. Abbott, a Catholic, signed a bill earlier on Wednesday that banned most abortions in the state after the detection of a fetal heartbeat.
Bishop Michael Olson of Fort Worth is among those asking for Abbott to delay the execution.
“[Jones] is scheduled for execution tonight at 6,” said Olson on Twitter. “His victim’s family happens to be his family. They don’t want to be re-traumatized by another death.”
Catholic Mobilizing Network said that Jones “has accepted full responsibility for his crime and expressed profound remorse and regret for the murder.”