They ask to reopen the case of a Latina sentenced to death in Texas accused of beating her daughter to death
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Relatives and attorneys of Melissa Lucio, the first Hispanic woman to be sentenced to death in the state of Texas, they asked the prosecution to re-investigate the case and stop the executionlocal media reported.
After being found guilty in July 2008, Lucio was sentenced to death for murdering her two-year-old daughter in February 2007. The execution is scheduled for April 27.
In an effort to stop the execution, Lucio's family and lawyers, accompanied by activists, visited Cameron County District Attorney Luis A. Saenz's office on Monday to urge him to review a documentary about the case and reopen the case. investigation, KVEO television reported.
Lucio, 53, was accused of killing her two-year-old daughter, the youngest of her 14 children.
Police found the girl unconscious, with bruises, bite marks and a broken arm when responding to an emergency call on February 17, 2007. The minor was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
The Hispanic mother told police her daughter fell down the stairs and was killed, according to court documents. But nevertheless, a medical examiner testified during the trial that the autopsy revealed that the girl did not die when she fell down the stairs and that some of his injuries indicated death from blunt force trauma.
It was also revealed that the emergency room doctor who tried to revive the little girl declared it to be the worst case of child abuse he had ever seen.
Lucio told authorities that she was responsible for the bite marks and bruises on the minor's body.
The family, supported by the organization Death Penalty Action, an anti-death penalty group, warned in their petition to the prosecutor that the case was riddled with inconsistencies.
The request is based on the documentary “State of Texas vs. Melissa”, from 2020, which showed a series of anomalies in the case of Lucio.
Among the long list of irregularities, the tape highlights that the public defender assigned to Lucio, Peter Gilman, not only did not speak with any family member or acquaintance of the accused to find out about her docile character or the traumas she dragged after of a childhood of abuse, but hid confessions that another daughter of the woman pushed the deceased girl down some steep stairs.
The documentary, directed by Sabrina van Tassel, also suggests that Lucio was possibly forced to confess when questioned for several hours.
More than 30,000 people have signed the petition, which is also directed at Texas Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, to reinvestigate the case.
“They are going to kill her. She is not a murderer, she is not guiltyand. We are only asking you to see the movie, ”she told the television station Sonya Valencia Álvarez, Lucio's sister.
However, Selina Flores, one of Lucio's daughters, said on her TikTok account that the documentary is biased in favor of her mother and did not include contributions from many of the woman's children about abuse.
"I'm not trying to change anyone's opinion about who they think is guilty, but the only ones who know the truth are those who were in the house when the abuse occurred," Flores said in a message that has thousands of views.
He also expressed sadness to hear that his mother is ready to be executed and made it clear that he does not want to be executed even though he believes she is guilty.
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