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Melissa Lucio’s execution halted by Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

Acknowledging substantive questions about Lucio’s guilt and the fairness of her conviction, the appeals court blocked her Wednesday execution so the case can be further investigated.

Melissa Lucio.
From left: John Lucio, Leno Rose-Avila, and Lucio's wife Michelle Lucio embrace at a press conference regarding Melissa Lucio's case, in Gatesville on  April 25, 2022. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals halted the execution of Lucio amid a strong public push for reevaluation of her case.

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