Prosecutor pushes back against Texas House committee requests to halt execution
HOUSTON (AP) — On Tuesday, members of a Texas House committee repeatedly pressed a prosecutor to use his authority to stop the April 27 execution of a woman whose conviction is in question at the amid growing doubts over whether she fatally beat her 2-year-old daughter.
But in a sometimes contentious hearing, Cameron County District Attorney Luis Saenz initially resisted calls from lawmakers to ask a judge to recall Melissa Lucio’s death warrant, suggesting the beginning that he didn’t have the authority to do so, then saying later. there was no legal reason for him to act as various appeals courts are still considering claims in his case. He later said he believed the execution would be stopped.