Melissa Lucio’s family is asking Texas leaders for clemency over the execution

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Texas plans to execute a mother in April nearly 15 years after she was convicted of murdering her two-year-old daughter.

Melissa Lucio’s execution is scheduled for April 27. Governor Greg Abbott could step in and delay the killing. He could also grant clemency if the majority of the state’s parole board votes in favour.

Melissa Lucio’s eldest son, John Lucio, spoke about the case on Friday. He asked Texans to pay attention to the case of his mother, who he said was not guilty of capital murder.

“I don’t want my mother to be executed. I don’t want to lose her,” said John Lucio. “I want you to know, mother. I love you so much. I would do anything I can for you.”

In 2007, prosecutors charged Melissa Lucio with beating her daughter, Mariah Lucio, to death. She said the child fell down a flight of stairs days before paramedics took her to the hospital.

During an interrogation, Melissa Lucio’s attorney said she denied harming the girl more than 100 times, before saying, “I think I did it.” Her legal team argues that this is not a confession and she is not making a fair one got process.

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A group of bipartisan leaders are now involved and are calling for the execution to be called off. State Representative Joe Moody was one of the lawmakers who visited Melissa Lucio on death row in Gatesville, Texas this week.

“I believe that Melissa Lucio deserves mercy. Justice will not be served by taking her life on April 27th. We will do everything we can to urge the Cameron County Parolees and Parole Board, the Governor and the District Attorney to change this trajectory,” Moody said.

“She (Melissa Lucio) faces her mortality in a deeper way than most of us ever will. She found peace in it. She said God will welcome her home on the 27th or some other day. I hope it’s something recent because as we move forward as a state, there’s blood on all our hands. We should never proceed with an execution if there is any doubt about someone’s guilt,” Moody said.

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