Texas Death Row inmate, Melissa Lucio, has been granted a stay by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Lucio was planned to be executed on April 27.
Records note that the appeals court directed the case back to a lower court. This was so the lower court can analyze her attorney’s claim that new evidence could prove that Lucio is innocent.
Lucio is on death row for beating and killing her daughter, 2-year-old Mariah, in 2007.
Lucio has said that she is not guilty and that she was manipulated into giving a false admittance.
She was supposed to be executed by lethal injection on Wednesday. However, her case gained support from the Innocence Project, politicians, and celebrities. Even a few jurors who gave her a death sentence are now supporting her.
Because of the stay, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles won’t take a vote on the matter.
It is unknown when the lower court will start to look over Lucio’s case.