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Reflections from Death Row

How long have you been on Texas death row? I committed this crime in August 1991. I wasn’t a suspect and was not arrested until July 1996. I was sentenced to death in June 1997, and I arrived on Texas death row, then at Ellis unit, on September 17, 1997. So it has been over 16 years since my crime. Do you feel that the process that put you here was handled professionally? That’s a tough one. It was handled by hard‐working professionals. I understand that the members of our police force, as well as prosecutors and🔒

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Karl Chamberlain is a prisoner on death row in Texas. He was convicted in 1997 of the murder of Felicia Prechtl on August 2, 1991. He writes that he turned his life over to the will of God on December 1, 1991. He also writes that he has found his spiritual home with Friends, and he has corresponded with several individuals. Three of his poems have been published this year inFriends Journal, two in January and one in February. The questions and answers here are modified from his recollection of an earlier interview he did. His scheduled execution date, originally set for February 21, has been withdrawn pending U.S. Supreme Court decision.


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