Melissa Lucio’s lawyer speaks out as the execution date nears

CAMERON COUNTY, Texas (ValleyCentral) – Efforts to get Melissa Lucio off death row continue in Texas.

“The death of Mariah Alvarez was a tragedy, but not murder,” said Sandra Babcock, one of Melissa Lucio’s attorneys.

With a little less than a month until Lucio’s execution, Babcock calls for a retrial.

Lucio was convicted of the 2008 murder of her two-year-old daughter, Mariah. Her lawyers say new evidence could prove her innocent.

“There were thousands of pages of records, observational documents from this family, not a single complaint from a child that they were molested by Melissa,” Babcock said.

These documents are some of the new evidence that Lucio’s lawyers want the courts to examine.

Babcock also explained that police officers’ interrogation tactics were also aimed at coercing a confession.

Now more than 80 Texas officials are pleading for clemency for Lucio, but their time is running out.

“District Attorney Saenz should set aside the execution date, the court should immediately issue a stay of execution, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles should recommend a pardon, and the governor should grant it,” Babcock said.

During a roundtable discussion on Wednesday, Gov. Greg Abbott spoke briefly about the case.

“The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has not yet communicated a decision to me, since that is the case, the law requires the governor to await a decision from the Board of Pardons and Paroles. I’ll make a decision as soon as it occurs to me,” Abbott said.

Babcock said they filed for clemency early so everyone could review the new evidence. They hope for an early decision and not at the last minute.

Lucio’s execution date is set for April 27, 2022. Melissa Lucio’s lawyer speaks out as the execution date nears

Laura Coffey

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