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

Ongoing efforts to shuttle and delay Mother’s scheduled execution

Kim Kardashian has called on Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott to grant clemency to Melissa Lucio, 53, a mother of 14 and domestic abuse victim whose lawyers say she “falsely” admitted to killing her daughter by two years after hours of police questioning.

Lucio’s execution by lethal injection is set to take place on April 27 after the 2007 death of his daughter Mariah. Her lawyers say her daughter died when she fell down a steep flight of stairs outside their apartment in Harlingen, South Texas.

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

On October 18, the United States Supreme Court denied a request to hear Lucio’s case, clearing the way for the state of Texas to set an execution date.

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

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

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Kim Kardashian urges her followers to sign a petition

Kim Kardashian tweeted: “Please sign the petition to urge Governor @GregAbbott_TX to stop its execution. https://bit.ly/3tDg8g4 It’s stories like Melissa’s that make me speak so strongly about the death penalty in general and why it should be banned while innocent people are suffering.

Olivier O’ConnellApril 5, 2022 5:00 p.m.

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Why end the death penalty?

The independent and the non-profit association Responsible Business for Justice Initiative (RBIJ) launched a joint campaign calling for an end to the death penalty in the United States. The RBIJ has attracted over 150 well-known signatories to its Statement of Business Leaders Against the Death Penalty – with The Independent as the latest on the list. We join high profile leaders like Ariana Huffington, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson in this initiative and pledge to highlight the injustices of the death penalty in our coverage. .

Olivier O’ConnellApril 5, 2022 4:40 p.m.

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Kim Kardashian calls for leniency in Melissa Lucio case

Kim Kardashian has spoken out on criminal justice reform several times over the past few years. She asked Texas Governor Greg Abbott to grant Lucio clemency after he “falsely pleaded guilty” after hours of questioning.

“I just recently read the case of Melissa Lucio and wanted to share her story with you. She has been on death row for over 14 years for the death of her daughter which was a tragic accident,” Ms Kardashian said. . tweeted Tuesday. “His 2-year-old daughter, Mariah, fell down a flight of stairs and died two days later while napping. After calling for help, she was taken into police custody.

“Melissa is herself a survivor of abuse and domestic violence and after being interrogated for hours and wrongly pleading guilty. She wanted the interrogation to end, but the police turned her words into a confession. She is due to be executed on April 27 in Texas,” she added.

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

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

Olivier O’ConnellApril 5, 2022 4:20 p.m.

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How Being a “Bad Mother, Bad Wife, and Bad Wife” Became a Death Wish

Women vastly outnumber men on death row across America. But experts say the small number of people on death row generally violates society’s expectations of a “good woman”. Melissa Lucio is one of them, as reported by Rachel Sharp.

Olivier O’ConnellApril 5, 2022 4:00 p.m.

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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 the murder of 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 “would be here all day” if he didn’t.

Olivier O’ConnellApril 5, 2022 3:40 p.m.

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Background to Melissa Lucio’s Death Sentence

Melissa Lucio was sentenced to death in 2008 after being found guilty of murdering her two-year-old daughter Mariah the year before. Her lawyers argue a confession was given under duress and she herself says she didn’t, and has asked Governor Greg Abbott for clemency with her execution date less than a month away. .

Rachel Sharp reports on the case of The Independent.

Olivier O’ConnellApril 5, 2022 3:22 p.m.

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welcome to The Independentcontinued coverage of the appeal for clemency in the case of Melissa Lucio, currently on death row in Texas with an execution date set for April 27.

Along with the latest developments from the appeal, we’ll 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.

Olivier O’ConnellApril 5, 2022 3:08 p.m.

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