Court Grants Reprieve To Texas Death-Row Inmate

     AUSTIN (CN) – The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted a stay of execution to death-row inmate Derrick Sonnier just 90 minutes before his scheduled lethal injection. He was convicted of killing a Houston woman and her 2-year-old son.

     Executions were temporarily halted while the U.S. Supreme Court considered a challenge to lethal injection procedures in Kentucky. The state court ruled to grant the reprieve, despite the Supreme Court’s holding that lethal injection, if administered properly, is constitutional.

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