The execution of an inmate from the DEATH series was halted by a court just two days before his mother’s execution was scheduled.
Melissa Lucio, 53, a mother of 13, was found guilty in 2007 of the death of her two-year-old daughter Mariah, who fell down 14 steep steps.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals sent Lucio’s case back to Cameron County Court, which originally tried to establish her innocence.
The court has been ordered to consider new evidence proving Lucio’s innocence in her daughter’s death, reports The Innocence Project.
“I thank God for my life,” Lucio said in a statement after the verdict.
“I’ve always trusted him. I am grateful that the court gave me the chance to live and prove my innocence.
“Mariah is in my heart today and always. I am thankful that I have more days to be a mother to my children and a grandmother to my grandchildren.”
Lucio went on to thank everyone who had prayed and spoken out for her.
SUPPORT FOR LUCIO
Lucio has seen support from a few household names during her time Fight to be saved from execution.
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