September 25, 2022

Melissa Lucio Granted Remain of Execution by Texas Court of Felony Appeals

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Statements from Melisssa Lucio and her lawyers

Currently, the Texas Court of Prison Appeals issued a remain of execution for Melissa Lucio and ordered the 138th Judicial District Court docket of Cameron Place to take into account new proof of her innocence in the demise of her daughter, Mariah.

Statements from Ms. Lucio and her attorneys are down below.

Assertion from Melissa Lucio: 

“I thank God for my everyday living. I have generally reliable in Him. I am grateful the court has offered me the possibility to live and prove my innocence. Mariah is in my heart today and always. I am grateful to have extra times to be a mom to my small children and a grandmother to my grandchildren. I will use my time to assist convey them to Christ. I am deeply grateful to every person who prayed for me and spoke out on my behalf.” — Melissa Lucio, April 25 , 2022 at?v=16DtPyUy0eg

Assertion from Tivon Schardl, Capital Habeas Device chief of the Federal Defender for the Western District of Texas and one of Ms. Lucio’s lawyers:

“We know that Melissa’s children — Mariah’s brothers and sisters — and Mariah’s grandparents, aunts and uncles are all relieved and grateful that Melissa’s existence will not be taken by the State of Texas. And we consider the court docket honored Mariah’s memory for the reason that Melissa is harmless. Melissa is entitled to a new, good trial. The individuals of Texas are entitled to a new, honest demo. Texans should really be grateful and proud that the Courtroom of Prison Appeals has supplied Melissa’s authorized staff the option to present the new evidence of Melissa’s innocence to the Cameron County district court docket.

“We are profoundly grateful to the hundreds of thousands of Texans and individuals close to the U.S. and the world who advocated for Melissa, which include Reps Jeff Leach and Joe Moody, Sen. Eddie Lucio, and much more than 100 Texas legislators 225 anti-domestic violence/sexual assault corporations, which includes the Texas Council on Spouse and children Violence, the Texas Association In opposition to Sexual Assault, Friendship of Gals, and the Lone Star Justice Alliance above 130 religion leaders, together with Pastor Jesse Rincones of the Hispanic Baptist Conference of Texas and extra than 30 teams that work on behalf of Latinos, like the Nationwide Hispanic Caucus of Condition Legislators.”

— Tivon Schardl, Capital Habeas Unit Chief of the Federal Defender for the Western District of Texas, April 25, 2022

Assertion from Vanessa Potkin, director of exclusive litigation at the Innocence Venture and just one of Ms. Lucio’s lawyers:

“The Court docket of Legal Appeals did the suitable point by halting Melissa’s execution. Health care evidence shows that Mariah’s dying was reliable with an incident. But for the State’s use of phony testimony, no juror would have voted to convict Melissa of capital murder due to the fact no murder happened

“It would have shocked the public’s conscience for Melissa to be set to dying based mostly on untrue and incomplete clinical proof for a criminal offense that never ever even occurred. All of the new proof of her innocence has hardly ever before been thought of by any court docket. The court’s keep enables us to continue on combating together with Melissa to overturn her wrongful conviction.”

—Vanessa Potkin, director of exclusive litigation at the Innocence Project. April 25, 2022

Assertion from Prof. Sandra Babcock, director of the Cornell Heart on the Demise Penalty Globally and a single of Ms. Lucio’s attorneys:

“Melissa’s lifestyle issues. The court’s decision paves the way for Melissa to current proof of her innocence that ought to have been read by the jury that condemned her to death 14 a long time back. As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and intimate lover violence, and now locked away for these previous 15 years, Melissa’s voice and experiences have hardly ever been valued. The court’s conclusion alerts its willingness to eventually hear Melissa’s facet of the story. If the district court hears all the evidence of Melissa’s innocence, and the gender bias that infected the law enforcement investigation and prosecution, we are confident she will return home to her spouse and children.” 

—Professor Sandra Babcock, director of the Cornell Middle on the Death Penalty Around the world, April 25, 2022

The Court’s Stay Get re: Application for Submit-Conviction and Habeas Petition: here

Melissa Lucio’s Initial Subsequent Application for Writ of Habeas Corpus can be seen in this article: listed here