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LatinoJustice Statement on Texas Court Stay of Execution of Melissa Lucio



April 25, 2022

Carolina González | Senior Director of Strategic Communication| [email protected] |  212-739-7513
Sarai Bejarano | Manager of Traditional & Digital Media | [email protected] | 212-739-7581 

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LatinoJustice Statement on Texas Court Stay of Execution of Melissa Lucio
Court ruled that new evidence in the case warranted new hearing for mother of 14 

Austin, TX- Two days before her scheduled execution, Melissa Lucio, a Texas mother accused of causing the death of her two-year-old daughter in 2007, will now get the chance to prove her innocence after the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals stayed her execution due to new evidence in her case.

The statement below can be attributed to Lourdes M. Rosado, President and General Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF.

“LatinoJustice is relieved by the decision by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to issue a stay of execution for #MelissaLucio, recognizing the substantive evidence that warrants she finally receive a fair hearing. Executing Lucio would have been a grave injustice, and would have only compounded the tragic death of her two-year-old daughter Mariah, for their family and their community. We are proud to stand with the many Texans and others around the country whose collective action led to this success, countering the failures of a legal system that too often metes out the harshest punishments without a second thought. Next: Gov. Abbott must #FreeMelissaLucio.”


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