Latest execution of Melissa Lucio: Texas lawmakers visit death row and pray with the inmate, promising to save her

Shuttle efforts underway delaying mother’s scheduled execution

Texas Gov. Greg Abbot is increasingly being urged to grant clemency to Melissa Lucio, who is to be executed later this month. A jury member, Kim Kardashian, and a bipartisan group of lawmakers are among those pleading for Lucio’s life.

The 53-year-old domestic abuse victim and mother of 14 has been on death row since her trial for the death of her two-year-old daughter in 2007.

Her attorneys argue she “falsely” admitted to killing Mariah after hours of intense police questioning and that she died because she fell down a steep flight of stairs in front of her home in Harlingen, South Texas, and not because she was beaten may be.

Worn down by her grief and lifelong abuse during aggressive interrogation, Lucio eventually admitted to a crime she did not commit, her lawyers say.

On October 18, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request to hear Lucio’s case, paving the way for the state of Texas to set a date for her execution — to be carried out on April 27 by lethal injection.

writing for The Independentan expert on false confessions, says Texas is executing an innocent woman in one of the most tragic cases she’s seen in her career.

On Wednesday, seven Texas lawmakers visited Lucio in prison and prayed with her to save her from execution.

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The juror says he was wrong to give in to peer pressure over the death penalty

One of the jurors who sentenced Melissa Lucio to death has claimed in a newspaper editorial that he was misled and pressured during the mother’s trial for the murder of her two-year-old daughter.

Johnny Galvan Jr enrolled The Houston Chronicle that giving in to “peer pressure” and changing his vote from life imprisonment to the death penalty was wrong, or they would “be there all day” if he didn’t.

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What you need to know about the Melissa Lucio case

Melissa Lucio was sentenced to death in 2008 after being convicted of murdering her two-year-old daughter Mariah the year before. Her lawyers argue that a confession was made under duress, and she herself says she didn’t, and has pleaded with Governor Greg Abbott for clemency as her execution date is less than a month away.

Rachel Sharp covers the case for The Independent.

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What do Melissa Lucio’s lawyers say led to her ‘false’ confession?

Lucio, 53, would be Texas’ first executed Latina and the first woman since 2014. Only 17 women have been executed in the US since the Supreme Court overturned its ban on the death penalty in 1976, most recently in January 2021.

In her clemency plea, Lucio’s attorneys say that although she had used drugs, which caused her to temporarily lose custody of her children, she was a loving mother who worked to stay drug-free and provide for her family. Lucio has 14 children and was pregnant with the youngest two when Mariah died.

Lucio and her children struggled through poverty. According to the petition, they were at times homeless and dependent on food banks for their meals. Child protection services were present in the family’s life, but according to Vanessa Potkin, one of Lucio’s attorneys who is with the Innocence Project, there have never been allegations of abuse by any of their children.

Lucio had been sexually assaulted and physically and emotionally abused by two husbands since he was six. Her lawyers say this lifelong trauma left her vulnerable to a false confession.

In the 2020 documentary Texas State vs. MelissaLucio said investigators kept pushing her to say she hurt Mariah.

“I didn’t want to admit that I caused her death because I wasn’t responsible,” Lucio said.

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Texas lawmakers meet and pray with Lucio, promising to help save her life

A bipartisan group of Texas lawmakers visited Melissa Lucio on death row to discuss her execution, as she doubted she had fatally beaten her two-year-old daughter.

State Representatives Jeff Leach, a Republican, and Joe Moody, a Democrat, led the group Wednesday to the Mountain View Unit in Gatesville, Texas, where the state houses women on death row.

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Kim Kardashian shares a ‘heartbreaking’ letter from Melissa Lucio’s kids

Kim Kardashian has shared a letter from Melissa Lucio’s children as calls grow to stop Lucio’s planned execution in Texas.

“So heartbreaking to read this letter from Melissa Lucio’s children asking the state not to kill their mother,” Kardashian tweeted Thursday (April 7) along with the letter.

“There are so many unresolved questions surrounding this case and the evidence that was used to convict her.”

Clémence Michallon has the story.

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What do Melissa Lucio’s lawyers say led to her ‘false’ confession?

Lucio, 53, would be Texas’ first executed Latina and the first woman since 2014. Only 17 women have been executed in the US since the Supreme Court overturned its ban on the death penalty in 1976, most recently in January 2021.

In her clemency plea, Lucio’s attorneys say that although she had used drugs, which caused her to temporarily lose custody of her children, she was a loving mother who worked to stay drug-free and provide for her family. Lucio has 14 children and was pregnant with the youngest two when Mariah died.

Lucio and her children struggled through poverty. According to the petition, they were at times homeless and dependent on food banks for their meals. Child protection services were present in the family’s life, but according to Vanessa Potkin, one of Lucio’s attorneys who is with the Innocence Project, there have never been allegations of abuse by any of their children.

(The family of Melissa Lucio)

Lucio had been sexually assaulted and physically and emotionally abused by two husbands since he was six. Her lawyers say this lifelong trauma left her vulnerable to a false confession.

In the 2020 documentary Texas State vs. MelissaLucio said investigators kept pushing her to say she hurt Mariah.

“I didn’t want to admit that I caused her death because I wasn’t responsible,” Lucio said.

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Where else in America is the death penalty used?

Twenty-seven states across America still have the death penalty.

They are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky. Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.

Nathan Place and Helen Elfer examine where and how often the death penalty is still used in the United States.

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