Texas woman’s case draws more scrutiny of death penalty

Melissa Lucio: Texas woman’s case draws more scrutiny of death penalty

  • A Texas appeals court on Monday issued a stay for Melissa Lucio, who was scheduled to be executed this week for the 2008 murder of her 2-year-old daughter.
  • The number of people put to death in the US has fallen from 98 in 1999 to 11 last year, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.
  • The percentage of Americans who support the death penalty for a person convicted of murder fell to 54% last year, according to Gallup polls.

A Texas mother’s planned execution this week drew months of pleas by lawmakers, celebrities and the public to halt it before a Texas appeals court on Monday did just that – issuing a stay to consider additional evidence.

That came just days after a Tennessee man in his 70s got a temporary reprieve from being executed and a South Carolina court stayed a controversial firing squad execution planned for later this week. Last Thursday, an ailing 78-year-old who spent 30 years on Texas’ death row was executed by lethal injection.

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