Protesters Take Stand For Kenneth Foster Jr.'s Clemency
An execution scheduled for the end of the month sparked protest in Downtown Austin Tuesday.
Demonstrators called on Gov. Rick Perry and the Board of Pardons and Paroles to grant clemency to Kenneth Foster Jr.
A jury convicted Foster for attempted robbery and murder. They said he drove the getaway car after Maurecio Brown shot and killed 25-year-old Michael LaHood in San Antonio in 1996.
His case hinges on the law of parties, which allows juries to convict someone by association in a crime even if they didn't commit it.
"Why does my son get the death penalty?" said Kenneth Foster Sr. "He played no part in it, nor had knowledge of what the guy was gonna do."
"We're told that it's reserved for the worst of the worst, that it's designed to protect the people of Texas, to do it in their names, and here we have a man who drove a car, who was admittedly in the wrong place at the wrong time, but everyone on every side of this case agrees he killed no one," said Bryan McCann of the Save Kenneth Foster Campaign.
Kenneth Foster Jr.'s execution is set for Aug. 30.