Melissa Lucio Was Set For Execution and Was Saved Just Two Days Before
By now, you have probably heard the story of the Texas mother who was scheduled to be executed on Wednesday, April 27. Her name is Melissa Lucio and she was convicted of the murder of her 2 year old daughter in 2007.
Lucio was on death row, and was the first Hispanic woman to be sentenced to death, but support from a bipartisan group of lawmakers, celebrities like Kim Kardashian, and even some jurors who now say they question the sentence they gave her, have all plead for a review of Lucio's case.
All the support worked because just yesterday, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued a stay of Melissa Lucio’s execution, halting her execution indefinitely.
News spread everywhere and Kim Kardashian, who has rallied behind the Innocence Project, and has plead to get Melissa's conviction overturned, celebrated the news.
In the past few weeks, Lucio's case caught my eye, but I never really paid attention to it, until I saw the documentary "The State of Texas v. Melissa" on Hulu.
The documentary shows how Lucio's case was mishandled- no evidence was shown to jurors, and lawmakers believe her confession was coerced. Lucio's children maintain that she wasn't an abusive mother. The documentary also dives into the DA who handled the case against Lucio and what shady business he had.
Now that Lucio was granted a stay of exaction, Lucio will go back to trial court in Brownsville, where new evidence will be presented by Lucio’s attorneys- hopefully giving her the opportunity to be freed. This is the moment Lucio heard the news, just TWO days before she was set to be executed.
If the case interests you, I highly recommend the documentary on Hulu "The State of Texas v. Melissa".