Lucio was convicted within the demise of her daughter 15 years in the past in Harlingen, Texas. She is scheduled to be executed on April 27.
DALLAS — A gaggle gathered exterior Dallas Metropolis Corridor on Thursday, calling on the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to free Texas demise row inmate Melissa Lucio. On Friday, they gathered once more for a press convention on the identical matter.
Lucio is scheduled for execution April 27, 2022. She might be the primary Latina to be executed within the State of Texas, in keeping with lawmakers.
As time runs out, protests and pushes for clemency proceed to ramp up throughout the state.
“Melissa Lucio’s story actually highlights the injustices in our felony justice system,” stated State Rep. Victoria Neave Criado of Dallas on Thursday.
On Wednesday, seven Texas Home representatives, together with Neave Criado, met with Lucio at a correctional facility in Gatesville. They’ve critical doubts in regards to the proof and Lucio’s conviction.
“She’s been a lifetime survivor of home violence. A lifetime survivor of sexual abuse. The state of affairs and details of this case are so overwhelming pointing to her innocence,” stated Neave Criado.
Lucio was convicted within the demise of her daughter 15 years in the past in Harlingen, within the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas.
In keeping with prosecutors, the 2-year-old had indicators of abuse on her physique. However members of the family declare her daughter’s demise was an accident, saying she fell down the steps.
Lucio’s attorneys stated their witnesses weren’t allowed to testify throughout trial, together with an eyewitness who noticed the autumn.
Rep. Neave Criado launched the next assertion after the assembly with Lucio:
“In opposition to the chilly façade of Texas Loss of life Row, Melissa Lucio sat with us, glowing and crammed with hope, love for her household, and a profound religion that she is going to stroll free in the future. She said that on a regular basis is a wrestle, however it’s via God’s Grace that she is right here, and he or she won’t cease combating for justice. In that room, hand in hand with Melissa Lucio, we weren’t Republicans or Democrats, we have been residents of humanity impressed to pressing motion to assist forestall an irreversible injustice. I’m grateful for the chance to have met with Melissa Lucio in the present day alongside my colleagues of the Texas Home of Representatives: Rep. Jeff Leach, Rep. Joe Moody, Rep. Rafael Anchia, Rep. Toni Rose, Rep. James White, and Rep. Lacey Hull.”
Different Texas lawmakers have additionally weighed in, calling for a keep of execution.
“We’re not saying Miss Lucio is harmless. We’re not saying she’s responsible. We’re saying for the board to supply her some clemency, so we are able to get her right into a trial,” stated State Rep. James White.
Lucio’s members of the family stated they’re remaining optimistic because the April 27 execution date approaches.
“It’s lower than a month. It’s lower than a month. It’s scary,” stated John Lucio, as he mirrored over his mom’s pending execution.
He and his household are hoping the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles will grant a reprieve or clemency.
“Figuring out that we’ve got supporters that assist the demise penalty combating for my mom, is powerful,” added John Lucio.
One other rally at Dallas Metropolis Corridor was held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, with Neave Criado and John Lucio in attendance.
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John Lucio choked again tears earlier than he may even communicate on Friday. He thanked Neave Criado and people who have supported his mom.
“I do not need my mother to be executed,” John Lucio stated with tears in his eyes. “I do not need to lose her.”
Lucio’s case has gained nationwide consideration lately.
Whereas critics proceed pointing to the proof of abuse uncovered throughout the preliminary trial, supporters, together with celebrities, are additionally taking curiosity in Lucio’s case and name for clemency.
Kim Kardashian has expressed her assist for Lucio and has signed a petition urging Gov. Abbott to cease Lucio’s execution.
“The actual potential injustice right here is that if we get to April 27, if she’s not given that chance, it’s going to be too late,” stated Neave Criado.
Some state lawmakers and supporters are urging residents to jot down letters to the Gov. Abbott and to the Board of Pardons and Paroles, urging them to delay or cancel Lucio’s execution, as new proof within the case surfaces.
WFAA sister station, KVUE, contributed to this report.