Although Texas is known for being the state with the most death row executions,
the state’s top criminal court recently called off an execution
of a man just days before it was scheduled. The court’s decision
certainly left people scratching their heads, but the reasoning behind
it was not explained right away.
The death row inmate has been linked to five different killings in Houston.
He was sentenced to death after being convicted of fatally stabbing twin
girls and their mother, and is also associated with the deaths of a grocery
store owner and a prostitute.
Attorneys Submit Last-Minute Appeal
The defendant’s attorneys, one of which is Mandy Miller, submitted
an appeal pointing to possible mental impairments and other DNA evidence
that could indicate the involvement of a second person. The defendant’s
supposed mental incompetence is evidenced by his decision to waive his
rights to an attorney during the interrogation process. Attorney Mandy
Miller said that although they weren’t aware of the court’s
reasoning behind the reprieve, it was certainly a good thing for their client.
Similarly, the defendant is also a plaintiff in an unrelated lawsuit that
was also filed near the date of his execution. The lawsuit is requesting
that Texas prison officials be banned from using the pentobarbital in
lethal injections, as it is evidenced to cause victims severe pain.
The Texas Attorney General’s office viewed the suit as mere speculation.
Regardless, some attorneys pointed out that Texas could use other drugs
to aid in the lethal injection process.