Bishops in Texas Urge Clemency for Woman on Death Row

The state of Texas should grant clemency to a woman set to be executed in April, a Catholic organization and two bishops said in a release on Monday.

“The risk of the state taking an innocent life is especially concerning,” said a Feb. 28 statement from Krisanne Vaillancourt Murphy, Executive Director of Catholic Mobilizing Network. “Texas must grant clemency to Melissa Lucio — to do anything else would be an irreversible injustice.”

Lucio, 53, was sentenced to death in 2008 for the Feb. 17, 2007 death of her two-year-old daughter, Mariah Alvarez. Alvarez was the youngest of Lucio’s 14 children.

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