Latest News from Melissa Lucio: Clemency Hearing to Decide Texas Woman’s Fate as Supporters Hold National Rally

Melissa Lucio’s son says ‘I don’t want to see my mother die’

Supporters of Texas woman Melissa Lucio, who is on death row, held rallies in 16 cities across the United States ahead of a clemency hearing later today.

The 53-year-old domestic violence victim and mother of 14 has been on death row since her trial for the death of her two-year-old daughter in 2007.

There are growing calls for Governor Greg Abbot to grant Lucio clemency, which could be executed later this month.

The Texas Board of Pardons and Parole is due to take up his case on Monday, which could decide Lucio’s fate. If sentenced to death, she would be the first Latina executed by Texas and the first woman the state has killed since 2014.

Her lawyers argue that she “falsely” admitted to killing her daughter Mariah after hours of intense police interrogation and that the two-year-old did indeed die when she fell down a steep staircase outside her apartment in Harlingen, South Texas. .

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is among those pleading for Lucio’s life.

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Family trusts in faith for Lucio’s return home

Speaking at a vigil held Friday for Melissa Lucio in San Juan, Texas, her sister Sonya Alvarez told KHOU-TV: “We are so grateful. We couldn’t carry this alone… I have faith that our sister will come home”.

Friends and family gathered at the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle for the vigil, which is one of many in support of Ms. Pike.

Esperanza “Hope” Trevino, Lucio’s 77-year-old mother, was photographed at the vigil praying for her daughter, who would become the first Latina to be executed in Texas and the first woman elected in the state since 2014 if a last-minute appeal fails. .

A vigil for Melissa Lucio

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Gino SpocchiaApril 25, 2022 11:28 am

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Texas council to review Lucio case

The Texas Board of Pardons and Parole will consider a request to commute Melissa Lucio’s death sentence to life imprisonment or grant her a 120-day stay of execution. However, any decision by the parole board will need the approval of Texas Governor Gregg Abbott. The Republican has only granted clemency to just one death row inmate since he took office in 2015.

Appeals seeking to prevent Lucio’s execution – currently scheduled for Wednesday – are also pending in state and federal courts.

Additional reporting from the Associated Press.

Gino SpocchiaApril 25, 2022 11:03 am

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Jurors and prosecutors have expressed concerns about the case.

Nearly half of the jurors who sentenced Melissa Lucio to death have since called for a stay of execution and a retrial for the 53-year-old woman.

The prosecutor in the case, Cameron County District Attorney Luis Saenz, also said earlier this month that he did not “discuss all the scrutiny this case is receiving. I welcome that.”

During a recent Texas House committee hearing on Lucio’s case, Saenz initially refused requests to use his power to stop the execution, before saying later that he would intervene if the courts did not act.

Lucio, whose lawyers say evidence shows she did not cause the death of her two-year-old daughter in 2007, is now subject to a leniency hearing on Monday.

Additional reporting from the Associated Press.

Gino SpocchiaApril 25, 2022 10:36 am

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EU asks Texas governor to grant Lucio clemency

The European Union (EU) has asked Texas Governor Greg Abbott to reverse his state’s death sentence against Melissa Lucio.

French Ambassador to the US Philippe Etienne and EU Ambassador to the US Stavros Lambrinidis co-signed a statement on behalf of the EU asking Abbott to grant Lucio clemency.

“As you know, the European Union and its member states have abolished the use of capital punishment in all circumstances,” the letter states.

“We firmly believe that it is possible to offer strong support to all victims of abuse and crime, as well as their families, by prosecuting and punishing perpetrators rigorously and effectively, outside the framework of the death penalty,” the text read.

Johanna Chisholm has more.

Alisha Rahaman SarkarApril 25, 2022 9:40 am

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Supporters hold ‘Free Melissa Lucio’ rally

Supporters held rallies across the United States over the weekend urging Texas Governor Greg Abbot to spare the life of Melissa Lucio, who is on death row after being convicted of murdering her two-year-old daughter Mariah in 2007. .

During the rallies, organizers tried to collect signatures for the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole and for Abbott.

Rallies were planned in Houston, Atlanta, Austin and 13 other states. “Melissa was interrogated for nearly seven hours, just minutes after being taken away following the death of her daughter,” rally organizer Cody Huffman told KSAT-TV.

“Nothing there proves that she physically did anything to commit the crime she was convicted of. And, but there’s a lot of evidence that shows she’s innocent of the crime,” Huffman added.

Alisha Rahaman SarkarApril 25, 2022 9:00 am

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Melissa Lucio’s Son Begs Texas to Suspend His Execution

Bobby Alvarez has been running from pillar to post to get Texas authorities to suspend the execution of his mother, Melissa Lucio, scheduled for April 27.

Lucio, the only Hispanic woman on death row in Texas, has always maintained that she was wrongfully convicted of murdering her two-year-old daughter Mariah in 2007.

“It was so much harder than being put in foster care… you feel so alone and that no one is there for you. I cried every night wanting to be back with her, for my parents to come get us. I knew they wouldn’t come, but there was always that hope,” he said. The Independent.

The 53-year-old’s 14-year-old mother, along with several medical experts not heard at her trial, says the girl actually died from injuries caused by an accidental fall down the stairs two days before her death.

Melissa Lucio’s son pleads with Texas to suspend his execution scheduled for next week

EXCLUSIVE: In just six days, Melissa Lucio will be strapped to a stretcher and injected with a lethal cocktail of drugs that will kill her for a murder she not only says she didn’t commit – but experts say didn’t even occur. Her son Bobby Alvarez tells Rachel Sharp he never doubted her innocence and spent the last 15 years just ‘wanting my mother back’

Alisha Rahaman SarkarApril 25, 2022 08:13

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Welcome to The Independents coverage of the clemency hearing on the impending execution of Texas mother Melissa Lucio and her supporters’ pleas to spare her life.

Alisha Rahaman SarkarApril 25, 2022 7:38 am

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