Another Texas court will have to consider his attorneys’ motions, according to court documents.
His defense claims in particular that new scientific evidence exonerates his client, and that false testimony led to her conviction. Her attorneys say the death of Melissa Lucio’s daughter, Mariah, was an accident, not murder.
I thank God for my life, said Melissa Lucio, who has been claiming her innocence for 15 years. She said to herself
grateful to the court for giving me the chance to live and prove my innocence and
to have more days to be a mother to my children and a grandmother to my grandchildren.
Calls for clemency from personalities like Kim Kardashian had multiplied in favor of this mother of 14 children of Hispanic origin, and interest in her case had even crossed the American borders.
Many local Republican elected officials, traditionally more inclined to defend the death penalty, had called for his pardon, and one of the jurors in his trial had expressed his
deep regret to condemn her to death.
In 2007, her 2-year-old daughter Mariah was found dead in her home, covered in bruises, days after falling down stairs. Melissa Lucio, with a life marked by both physical and sexual assault, drug addiction and precarious conditions, was immediately suspected of having hit her.
After a long interrogation, the mother of the family had made a confession
completely extortedaccording to Sabrina Van Tassel, director of the hit documentary The State of Texas vs. Melissa (2020 in the United States) and support from the American.
I guess I didhad replied Melissa Lucio, questioned about the presence of hematomas, to the investigators.
After a controversial trial, she was sentenced to death. But the handicaps of the girl, likely to explain her fall, had not been taken into account by the experts, according to her defense, which ensures that the bruises could have been caused by a blood circulation disorder. None of the Texan’s children had accused her of being violent.
As for the prosecutor, he was later sentenced to prison for bribery and extortion, in a case unrelated to that of Melissa Lucio.
Melissa is entitled to a new fair trialwelcomed Tivon Schardl, one of his lawyers.
Christiane Taubira, former French Minister of Justice and former presidential candidate of 2022, immediately welcomed the decision on Monday on Twitter:
The execution of Melissa Lucio in Texas will not take place. How to write it without drowning in tears. Of anguish and joy. A new trial. Justice.
It would have been a historic injustice for her to be executed for a crime she did not commit, a crime that, in fact, never happened.commented to AFP Burke Butler, director of the Texas Defender Service association.
It is rare for women to be executed in the United States. Only 17 have been since 1976, when the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. Texas is both the state that executes the most and the one that has executed the largest number of convicted women, with six executions.
Melissa Lucio was reportedly the first Hispanic woman to be put to death in that state.
The example of the mobilization in Texas, in the United States and in the world in favor of Melissa Lucio must serve to reflect on the death penalty in general, for all those who are not savedreacted Raphaël Chenuil-Hazan, executive director of the French association Together against the death penalty.