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Melissa Lucio, Texas death row inmate, granted stay of execution | USA TODAY

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The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Monday issued a stay of execution for Melissa Lucio, on death row for the murder of her 2-year-old daughter.
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Melissa Lucio, 53, was scheduled to be executed Wednesday. The court ordered the 138th Judicial District Court of Cameron County to consider the new evidence presented by Lucio’s legal team, and issued a stay on her execution “pending resolution of the remanded claims” in her habeas application.

Lucio was convicted in 2008 for the murder of Mariah, who prosecutors said suffered physical abuse leading to her death. In clemency appeals, Lucio’s legal team has claimed new evidence shows the toddler’s death was an accident caused by an undiagnosed injury sustained after falling down the stairs two days prior.

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