Texas court adjourned execution of death row inmate Melissa Lucio

Lucio, her family, lawyers and attorneys say she was wrongfully convicted of capital murder in 2007 when her young child Mariah died.

“I thank God for my life. I have always trusted him,” Lucio said in a statement shared by her legal team. “I am grateful that the Court has given me the chance to live and prove my innocence. Mariah is in my heart today and always.”

Lucio raised nine claims for relief before the Court of Appeal, which ultimately remanded four of those claims to the Court of Auditors for review, in accordance with its order.

During the trial, prosecutors claimed that Lucio was a violent mother who probably caused the injuries that led to her daughter’s death. But Lucio and her lawyers said Mariah’s injuries did not stem from abuse, but from a fall down a flight of stairs outside the family’s second-floor apartment two days before her death.

Separately, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles on Monday declined to make a pardon recommendation in Lucio’s case, citing the postponement of execution.

This is a development story and will be updated.

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