A Texas woman convicted of killing her two-year-old daughter in 2007 made a last-ditch try and postpone her execution on Monday.
Legal professionals for Melissa Lucio filed what they name her final authorized choice for delaying her April 27 execution, lawyer Vanessa Potkin instructed The Put up.
“That is it,” stated Potkin of the Innocence Challenge.
“In the event that they don’t (cease the execution) then it could actually be within the palms of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles.”
A request for clemency on behalf of Lucio is earlier than the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. Lucio has the help of even some Texas Republicans, who’ve requested Texas courts to at the least delay her case whereas proof is re-examined.
Legal professionals for the Innocence Challenge filed a 242-page application for a writ of habeas corpus Friday, asking the Texas Courtroom of Legal Appeals to delay Lucio’s execution and have a look at new proof.
“The proof that’s within the submitting, no court docket has the chance to rule on that proof. Our hope is that the court docket stays her execution in order that we will put the pause on it so we will return to court docket and have hearings on this new proof supporting her innocence,” stated Potkin.
The brand new proof is professional testimony that reveals Lucio’s “confession” was coerced and that two-year-old Mariah’s dying was unintentional, says the Innocence Challenge.
Mariah’s official explanation for dying was blunt pressure trauma. Lucio claims the lady fell down the steps and died on account of issues from these accidents over two days during which she didn’t search medical look after her toddler.
“We will sit right here and debate whether or not Ms. Lucio ought to have taken her to the hospital sooner when she began to say no in well being, however she was not abused,” stated Potkin.
Lucio was questioned by cops after investigators found a chew mark together with scratches and bruises on the lady’s physique.
Throughout police interrogation, Lucio admitted to biting and spanking Mariah. Cameron County prosecutors used that assertion to safe a conviction though the mom of 14 kids insisted the dying was an accident.
If Lucio is executed, she could be the primary Hispanic girl to be put to dying by the State of Texas.