New Law Gives New Hope to Death Row Inmate

When Iris Morgenstern, an English teacher, remembers her former student Robert Avila, she pictures the towering El Paso teen squeezing a tiny dropper of food into the mouth of a scrawny newborn kitten.

“Robert is just a really gentle, kind soul,” she said.

That is why, more than a decade after he was convicted of stomping to death his girlfriend’s 19-month-old son in a fit of jealousy, she still cannot believe that he is facing execution. Now, after years of fighting to prove his innocence, Morgenstern and Avila’s legal team hope a new law will give the death row ...

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