Texas woman granted stay of execution regarding controversial 2007 murder

Updated: Apr 29

Melissa Lucio, convicted of killing her 2-year-old daughter in 2007, has just been granted a stay of execution. The case has been moved to a lower court to consider new evidence in her case.

Lucio was scheduled to be executed Wednesday for her controversial murder conviction. Prosecutors claim that Lucio beat her child, Mariah, to death, due to the type of bruising on her body. However, it is equally possible that these injuries came from a fall down the stairs, which Lucio claims, is what happened. During her police interrogation, Lucio confessed to spanking Mariah but not abusing her. Lucio continues to claim her innocence. If Lucio is put to death, she will become the first Latina woman in Texas to be executed.