Will Melissa Lucio Be Saved? Texas DA Claims He Will Pause Execution – Maybe
As her April execution date gets closer, Texas inmate Melissa Lucio has many supporters who believe in her innocence. What she doesn't have right now is more time. So far, a stay of her execution has been stalled, even as her attorneys say there is new evidence to clear her of the crime that put her on death row.
The Texas Tribune is reporting that federal judges, five jurors (who originally convicted her), politicians, celebrities, and her family members believe there is considerable doubt about whether Lucio’s 2-year-old daughter was an actual victim.
According to WFAA, almost 90 lawmakers have appealed to the governor, including both Republicans and Democrats.
Who is Melissa Lucio?
Melissa Elizabeth Lucio is the first woman of Hispanic descent in Texas to be sentenced to death. The mother of 14 has been on death row since 2008, after being convicted of capital murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter.
The Lucio family has filed an application for clemency.
Is Melissa Lucio Innocent?
On Tuesday, April 12th, Texas House committee members urged Cameron County District Attorney Luis Saenz to stop the April 27th execution, according to KWTX. However, Saenz claimed three different reasons for not doing so:
- He didn’t have the power to help
- There was no legal reason for him to act (due to various appeals still being considered in her case)
- Declared his belief the execution would be stopped
I believe the (Texas Court of Criminal Appeals) will issue a stay and that is the way the system works.
-Cameron County District Attorney Luis Saenz
If Lucio's execution is not halted, Saenz says he will take steps to stop it. However, he didn't provide details, according to KTRK in Houston.