Updated, July 27, 2012:
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday granted a stay of execution for Marcus Druery, who was scheduled for lethal injection on Wednesday.
Druery's lawyers argue that his severe mental illness has rendered him incompetent to be executed. They sought a stay of execution from the state's highest criminal court after Brazos County state district Judge J.D. Langley denied their request this week for a hearing to determine whether Druery was competent to face execution.
"Executing Mr. Druery, who lacks a rational understanding of his punishment, would stand in clear violation of ...