Published On: Tue, Apr 26th, 2022

Bipartisan Supporters Cheer as Melissa Lucio’s Execution Stayed by Texas Court

MSNBC Mehdi Hasan Show image in which the director of The State of Texas vs. Melissa Lucio is speaking wearing a Free Melissa Shirt. Image: screencap.

Melissa Lucio has gained national attention during the past few weeks, as her April 27 execution approached on death row. In 2007, one of Lucio’s children, Mariah, died, and ultimately, the state found Lucio guilty of murder and sentenced her to death. Lucio and her family stated that Mariah fell on dangerous stairs outside of the dilapidated apartment they lived in, and Lucio never beat her children (as the government argued she had).

Politicians, activists, and social justice groups from across the political spectrum (including advocates for the death penalty) have voiced support for a stay of execution, in light of the evidence that led to Lucio’s conviction being a “confession” coerced out of her in a lengthy interrogation. A stay of execution is basically like a pause—before any court order or judgment is carried out, not just the death penalty—so that there can be a revaluation of the situation. Today, the AP reported that this request was granted by a Texas appeals court.

The Mary Sue

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