United States: the execution of a sentenced to death suspended two days before the scheduled date

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B. Delombre, A. Sangouard, A. Da Silva Oliveira – France 2

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In the United States, the Texas Court of Appeal suspended, on the night of Monday April 25 to Tuesday April 26, the execution of a mother of 14 children who has been on death row for 15 years. She had been sentenced to death for the murder of her two-year-old granddaughter.

It was for Melissa Lucio the last chance to escape the death penalty. On the night of Monday April 25 to Tuesday April 26, two days before the scheduled date, justice suspended his execution in the United States. In 2007, this mother of 14 children was sentenced to death for the murder of her daughter Maria, who was two years old. She claims since her innocence. Her daughter, she says, died after falling down the stairs in front of her house. A hypothesis that American justice had not taken into account at the time.

His confession to justice, according to his supporters, would have been extorted from him, after a long interrogation. According to his lawyer, justice must today take into account the version of Melissa Lucia. For now, she remains on death row. His lawyers claim to want to present new scientific evidence in order to obtain a review of the trial.

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