- 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 death toll in the United States has dropped 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 dropped to 54% last year, according to Gallup polls.
A Texas mother’s planned execution this week sparked months of prayers from lawmakers, celebrities and the public to stop it before a Texas appellate court on Monday did just that – issued a stay to consider further evidence.
It came just days after a Tennessee man in the 70s was given a temporary suspension to be executed, and a court in South Carolina postponed a controversial execution of the firing squad scheduled for later in the week. Last Thursday, a sick 78-year-old who spent 30 years on the death row in Texas was executed by a lethal injection.