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Facing harsh criticism in the Melissa Lucio case, Texas prosecutor may temporarily spare the woman many believe is innocent

Federal judges, five jurors who convicted her and a roster of family, politicians and celebrities believe there are substantive doubts about whether the death of Lucio’s 2-year-old daughter was even a murder. A prosecutor Tuesday appeared to open the door to canceling her scheduled April 27 execution.

John Lucio, center, tears up as he speaks at a press conference at Dallas City Hall concerning the future of his mother, Melissa Lucio, who is on death row and scheduled to be executed on April 27, 2022. The family is traveling the state and joining state representatives and supporters in fighting for her freedom.
State Rep. Victoria Neave Criado, D-Dallas, speaks at a rally organized at Dallas City Hall to free Melissa Lucio on April 7, 2022.
Demonstrators chant to free Melissa Lucio at a rally organized at Dallas City Hall on April 7, 2022. Somos Tejas organized the rally in coordination with state Rep. Victoria Neave Criado, D-Dallas, as Lucio’s family visited Dallas.

The “confession”

Sylvia Collins holds John Lucio’s hand as they pray at a press conference at Dallas City Hall concerning the future of his mother, Melissa Lucio, who is on death row and scheduled to be executed on April 27, 2022. The family is traveling the state and joining state representatives and supporters in fighting for her freedom.

The conviction 

John Lucio and his wife, Michelle Lucio, pose for a portrait inside Dallas City Hall after a press conference on April 8, 2022. The family is traveling the state and joining state representatives and supporters in fighting for Melissa Lucio's freedom.

A family in trouble

Aaron Michaels hugs John Lucio after a press conference regarding the future of Lucio’s mother on death row, Melissa Lucio, at Dallas City Hall on April 8, 2022. Michaels is the husband of Kimberly McCarthy, who was executed on death row in 2013.

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