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

Efforts underway to commute, delay in mother’s scheduled execution

More and more calls are being made for Texas Governor Greg Abbot to pardon Melissa Lucio, who will be executed later this month. A juror, Kim Kardashian, and a bipartisan group of lawmakers are among those advocating for Lucio’s life.

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

Her lawyers allege that she “falsely” admitted to killing Mariah after hours of intense police interrogation and that she died by falling down a steep staircase outside their Harlingen, South Texas apartment and not being knocked out.

Exhausted from her grief, Lucio was abused throughout her life during the aggressive interrogation, eventually admitting to committing a crime she had not committed, her lawyers say.

On October 18, the US Supreme Court dismissed a request to hear Lucio’s case, paving the way for the state of Texas to set the date for her execution, which would be carried out April 27 by lethal injection. .

To write for the independentA false confession expert says Texas executes an innocent woman in one of the most tragic cases they’ve seen in their careers.

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

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Breaking society’s expectations: why some women end up on death row

Women are vastly outnumbered by men on death row across America. But experts say the small number of death row inmates usually exceed society’s expectations of a “good woman.” Melissa Lucio is one of them, as Rachel Sharp explains.

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Juror says he was wrong to succumb to peer pressure over death penalty

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

Johnny Galvan Jr wrote in The Houston Chronicle that he was wrong in yielding to “peer pressure” and changing his vote from life in prison to the death penalty or else they would be “present 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 a year earlier for the murder of her two-year-old daughter Mariah. Her attorneys allege a confession was made under duress and she herself says she didn’t, and has asked Governor Greg Abbott for a pardon with her execution date less than a month away.

Rachel Sharp reports on the case for the independent

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

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

In their pardon, Lucio’s lawyers say that although she had taken 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. At times, they were homeless and dependent on food banks for meals, according to the petition. Child Protective Services was present throughout the family’s life, but there was never an allegation of abuse by any of her children, according to Vanessa Potkin, one of Lucio’s attorneys who works with the Innocence Project.

Lucio had been sexually abused multiple times from the age of six, and had been physically and emotionally abused by two husbands. Her lawyers say this lifelong trauma predisposed her to making a false confession.

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

“I didn’t want to admit 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 her save her life

A bipartisan group of Texas lawmakers visited Melissa Lucio on death row as part of an effort to top her execution, amid doubts she had fatally beat 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.

Oliver O’ConnellApr 7, 2022 23:30

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Kim Kardashian Shares ‘Heartbreaking’ Letter From Melissa Lucio’s Children

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

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

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

Clemence Michallon has the story.

Oliver O’ConnellApr 7, 2022 10:30 PM

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

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

In their pardon, Lucio’s lawyers say that although she had taken 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. At times, they were homeless and dependent on food banks for meals, according to the petition. Child Protective Services was present throughout the family’s life, but there was never an allegation of abuse by any of her children, according to Vanessa Potkin, one of Lucio’s attorneys who works with the Innocence Project.

(Melissa Lucio’s family)

Lucio had been sexually abused multiple times from the age of six, and had been physically and emotionally abused by two husbands. Her lawyers say this lifelong trauma predisposed her to making a false confession.

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

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

Oliver O’ConnellApr 7, 2022 21:30

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