Melissa Lucio news latest: Kim Kardashian appeals to Texas governor as juror says death sentence wrong

Efforts underway to commute, delay mother’s scheduled execution

Kim Kardashian has called on Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott to grant clemency to Melissa Lucio, 53, a mother of 14 and domestic violence victim whose lawyers argue she “falsely” admitted to killing her two-year-old daughter after hours of police interrogation.

Lucio’s execution by lethal injection is set to take place on 27 April following the 2007 death of her daughter Mariah. Her lawyers de ella say that her daughter de ella died from falling down a steep staircase outside their apartment de ella in Harlingen, South Texas.

She denied beating the child more than 100 times during the aggressive interrogation. Her lawyers de ella say she was worn down by her grief and being abused throughout her life de ella and finally admitted to a crime she did n’t commit.

On October 18, the US Supreme Court denied a petition to hear Lucio’s case, paving the way for the state of Texas to set the date for her execution.

However, in an editorial in the houston chronicle on 3 April, Johnny Galvan Jr, a juror at her trial wrote he feels he was misled about the facts of the case and that he then succumbed to “peer pressure” in changing his sentencing vote from life in prison to the death penalty.

In a letter last month to the Board of Pardons and Paroles and to Governor Abbott, 83 Texas House members said executing Lucio would be “a miscarriage of justice.”


Oliver O’Connell5 April 2022 17:00


Why end the death penalty?

The Independent and the non-profit Responsible Business Initiative for Justice (RBIJ) have launched a joint campaign calling for an end to the death penalty in the US. The RBIJ has attracted more than 150 well-known signatories to their Business Leaders Declaration Against the Death Penalty – with The Independent as the latest on the list. We join high-profile executives like Ariana Huffington, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, and Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson as part of this initiative and are making a pledge to highlight the injustices of the death penalty in our coverage.

Oliver O’Connell5 April 2022 16:40


Kim Kardashian urges clemency in Melissa Lucio case

Kim Kardashian has spoken out many times about criminal justice reform in the last few years. She has called on Texas Governor Greg Abbott to grant Lucio clemency after she “falsely pleaded guilty” following hours of questioning.

“I recently just read about the case of Melissa Lucio and wanted to share her story with you. She has been on death row for over 14 years for her daughter’s death de ella that was a tragic accident, ”Ms Kardashian tweeted on Tuesday. “Her 2-year old daughter Mariah fell down a flight of stairs and two days later passed away while taking a nap. After she called for help, she was taken into custody by the police.”

She urged her followers to sign a petition to “urge Governor Greg Abbott to stop her execution.”

“It’s stories like Melissa’s that make me speak so loud about the death penalty in general and why it should be banned when innocent people are suffering,” Ms Kardashian added.

Oliver O’Connell5 April 2022 16:20


How being a ‘bad mother, bad wife and bad woman’ became a death warrant

Women are vastly outnumbered by men on death row across America. But experts say the small number who are sentenced to death usually break society’s expectations of a ‘good woman’. Melissa Lucio is one of them as Rachel Sharp reports.

Oliver O’Connell5 April 2022 16:00


Juror says he was wrong to succumb to peer pressure over death penalty

One of the jurors who sentenced Melissa Lucio to death has written a newspaper editorial claiming he was misled and pressured during the mother’s trial for murdering her two-year-old daughter.

Johnny Galvan Jr wrote in The Houston Chronicle that he was wrong to succumb to “peer pressure” and change his vote from a life sentence to the death penalty, or they’d “be there all day” if he didn’t.

Oliver O’Connell5 April 2022 15:40


Background to Melissa Lucio’s death sentence

Rachel Sharp reports on the case for The Independent.

Oliver O’Connell5 April 2022 15:22


Welcome to The Independent‘s rolling coverage of the appeal for clemency in the case of Melissa Lucio, currently on death row in Texas with an execution date set for 27 April.

In addition to the latest developments in the appeal, we will provide you with the backstory and facts behind the case, and explore the current application of the death penalty in Texas and across the United States.

Oliver O’Connell5 April 2022 15:08

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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