Kim Kardashian calls for clemency for mother on death row for ‘falsely’ pleading guilty to murder – What We Know!

Melissa Lucio, 53, is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on April 27 for fatally beating her two-year-old daughter Mariah to death in 2007. Lucio maintains she is innocent and her lawyers contend Mariah died from injuries from a fall. Pictured: Lucio holds her daughter Mariah, while one of her other daughters, Adriana, stands next to them in this undated photograph

Kim Kardashian has urged Texas Governor Greg Abbott to spare the lifetime of a home violence sufferer who is because of be executed in 22 days after she ‘falsely’ pleaded responsible to beating her two-year-old daughter to loss of life following hours of police interrogation.

Melissa Lucio, 53, is scheduled to be executed by deadly injection on April 27 in Texas for the homicide of her daughter Mariah in 2007.

Lucio maintains she is harmless and her legal professionals contend Mariah died from accidents from a fall down the 14 steps of a steep staircase exterior the household’s house within the South Texas metropolis of Harlingen. 

Throughout over 5 hours of relentless questioning, Lucio greater than 100 instances denied fatally beating the toddler to loss of life. However worn down from a lifetime of abuse and the grief of dropping her daughter, her legal professionals say, the Texas lady lastly acquiesced to investigators at 3am within the morning on February 17 2007.

‘I suppose I did it,’ Lucio mentioned when requested by police if she was responsibly for a few of Mariah’s accidents. Her legal professionals say that assertion was wrongly interpreted by prosecutors as a homicide confession.

Kardashian, who has been an outspoken advocate of legal justice reform in recent times, has urged Gov. Abbott to grant Lucio clemency after she ‘falsely pleaded responsible’ following hours of police interrogation.

‘It’s tales like Melissa’s that make me communicate so loud concerning the loss of life penalty usually and why it ought to be banned when harmless individuals are struggling,’ Kardashian mentioned.

Melissa Lucio, 53, is scheduled to be executed by deadly injection on April 27 for fatally beating her two-year-old daughter Mariah to loss of life in 2007. Lucio maintains she is harmless and her legal professionals contend Mariah died from accidents from a fall. Pictured: Lucio holds her daughter Mariah, whereas one in every of her different daughters, Adriana, stands subsequent to them on this undated {photograph}

Lucio dabs tears from her eyes as she is sentenced to death on July 10, 2008, in Brownsville, Texas

Lucio dabs tears from her eyes as she is sentenced to loss of life on July 10, 2008, in Brownsville, Texas

Lucio’s legal professionals argue that her assertion of ‘I suppose I did it’ after hours of interrogation was taken as a homicide confession — tainting the remainder of the investigation into Mariah’s loss of life, with proof gathered solely to show that conclusion, and serving to result in her capital homicide conviction. 

Lucio, who has been on loss of life row for greater than 14 years, had been sexually assaulted a number of instances, beginning at age 6, and had been bodily and emotionally abused by two husbands. Her legal professionals say this lifelong trauma made her prone to giving a false confession. 

As her April 27 execution date nears, Lucio’s legal professionals are hopeful that new proof, together with rising public help — together with from jurors who now doubt the conviction and from greater than half the Texas Home of Representatives — will persuade the state’s Board of Pardons and Paroles and Gov. Abbott to grant an execution reprieve or commute her sentence.

‘Mariah’s loss of life was a tragedy not a homicide… It might be a fully devastating message for this execution to go ahead. It might ship a message that innocence doesn’t matter,’ mentioned Vanessa Potkin, one in every of Lucio’s attorneys who’s with the Innocence Undertaking.

After studying about Lucio’s case, Kardashian tweeted: ‘[Melissa] has been on loss of life row for over 14 years for her daughter’s loss of life that was a tragic accident.

‘Her 2-year-old daughter Mariah fell down a flight of stairs and two days later handed away whereas taking a nap. After she known as for assist, she was taken into custody by the police.

‘Melissa is a survivor of abuse and home violence herself and after being interrogated for hours and falsely pleaded responsible. She wished the interrogation to be stopped, however police made her phrases out to be a confession.’

‘She is scheduled to be executed on April 27 in Texas,’ Kardashian added as she urged the general public to signal a petition by the Harmless Undertaking in an effort to press Gov. Abbott to cease Lucio’s execution.

Lucio’s legal professionals say jurors by no means heard forensic proof that may have defined that Mariah’s numerous accidents have been truly brought on by a fall days earlier. In addition they say Lucio wasn’t allowed to current proof questioning the validity of her confession.

Pictured: Lucio smiles as she holds one of her sons, John, in this undated photograph

Pictured: Lucio smiles as she holds one in every of her sons, John, on this undated {photograph} 

Kim Kardashian has urged Texas Governor Greg Abbott to spare the life of Lucio, who is due to be executed in 22 days, after she 'falsely' pleaded guilty to beating her two-year-old daughter to death following hours of police interrogation

Kim Kardashian has urged Texas Governor Greg Abbott to spare the lifetime of Lucio, who is because of be executed in 22 days, after she ‘falsely’ pleaded responsible to beating her two-year-old daughter to loss of life following hours of police interrogation

The Texas Lawyer Common’s Workplace maintains proof exhibits Mariah suffered the ‘absolute worst’ case of kid abuse her emergency room physician had seen in 30 years.

‘Lucio nonetheless advances no proof that’s dependable and supportive of her acquittal,’ the workplace wrote in court docket paperwork final month.

The Cameron County District Lawyer’s Workplace, which prosecuted Lucio, declined to remark.

Lucio could be the primary Latina executed by Texas and the primary lady since 2014. Solely 17 girls have been executed within the U.S. for the reason that Supreme Court docket lifted its ban on the loss of life penalty in 1976, most lately in January 2021.

Of their clemency petition, Lucio’s legal professionals say that whereas she had used medicine, main her to quickly lose custody of her youngsters, she was a loving mom who labored to stay drug-free and supply for her household. Lucio has 14 youngsters and was pregnant with the youngest two when Mariah died.

Lucio and her youngsters struggled via poverty. At instances, they have been homeless and relied on meals banks for meals, in accordance with the petition. 

Baby Protecting Companies was current within the household’s life, however there was by no means an accusation of abuse by any of her youngsters, Potkin mentioned. 

Within the 2020 documentary ‘The State of Texas vs. Melissa,’ Lucio mentioned investigators stored pushing her to say she had damage Mariah.

‘I used to be not gonna admit to inflicting her loss of life as a result of I wasn’t accountable,’ Lucio mentioned.

Her legal professionals say Lucio’s sentence was disproportionate to what her husband and Mariah’s father, Robert Alvarez, obtained. He bought a four-year sentence for inflicting harm to a baby by omission regardless that he additionally was liable for Mariah’s care, Lucio’s legal professionals argue.

Kardashian, who has been an outspoken advocate of criminal justice reform in recent years, has urged Gov. Abbott to grant Lucio clemency after she 'falsely pleaded guilty' following hours of police interrogation

Kardashian, who has been an outspoken advocate of legal justice reform in recent times, has urged Gov. Abbott to grant Lucio clemency after she ‘falsely pleaded responsible’ following hours of police interrogation

In 2019, a three-judge panel of the fifth U.S. Circuit Court docket of Appeals overturned Lucio’s conviction, ruling she was disadvantaged of ‘her constitutional proper to current a significant protection.’ 

Nonetheless, the total court docket in 2021 mentioned the conviction needed to be upheld for procedural causes, ‘regardless of the tough problem of the exclusion of testimony that may have solid doubt on the credibility of Lucio’s confession.’

Three jurors and one alternate in Lucio’s trial have signed affidavits expressing doubts about her conviction.

‘She was not evil. She was simply struggling… If we had heard passionately from the protection defending her indirectly, we’d have reached a special resolution,’ juror Johnny Galvan, who sentenced Lucio to loss of life, wrote in an affidavit.

Galvan on Sunday wrote within the Houston Chronicle claiming he was misled and pressured to return a vote in favor of the loss of life penalty throughout Lucio’s trial.  

He wrote he was unsuitable to succumb to ‘peer stress’ and alter his vote from a life sentence to the loss of life penalty, saying the jurors would ‘be there all day’ if he hadn’t accomplished so.

‘There have been so many different particulars that went unmentioned. It wasn’t till after the trial was over that worrying data was dropped at life,’ Galvan wrote.  

‘If I had identified all of this data, and even a part of it, I’d have stood by my vote for all times it doesn’t matter what anybody else on the jury mentioned.’ 

Galvan added: ‘I didn’t know that her lengthy historical past of bodily and sexual abuse made her weak to falsely confess when subjected to aggressive interrogation ways on the night time of her daughter’s loss of life.

‘Nobody took us via the interrogation to indicate us what number of instances she asserted her innocence (over 100) or how she repeated the identical phrases the interrogators fed to her. No proof was introduced of that and it will have mattered to me.’

In a letter final month to the Board of Pardons and Paroles and to Abbott, 83 Texas Home members mentioned executing Lucio could be ‘a miscarriage of justice.’

‘As a conservative Republican myself, who has lengthy been a supporter of the loss of life penalty in essentially the most heinous instances… I’ve by no means seen a extra troubling case than the case of Melissa Lucio,’ mentioned state Rep. Jeff Leach, who signed the letter.

Abbott can grant a one-time, 30-day reprieve. He can grant clemency if a majority of the paroles board recommends it.

The board plans to vote on Lucio’s clemency petition two days earlier than the scheduled execution, Rachel Alderete, the board’s director of help operations, mentioned in an electronic mail. A spokeswoman for Abbott’s workplace didn’t return an electronic mail in search of remark.

Abbott has granted clemency to just one loss of life row inmate, Thomas Whitaker, since taking workplace in 2015. Whitaker was convicted of masterminding the deadly shootings of his mom and brother. His father, who survived, led the hassle to avoid wasting Whitaker, saying he could be victimized once more if his son was executed.

Lucio’s supporters have mentioned her clemency request is comparable in that her household could be retraumatized if she’s executed.

‘Please enable us to reconcile with Mariah’s loss of life and bear in mind her with out recent ache, anguish and grief. Please spare the lifetime of our mom,’ Lucio’s youngsters wrote in a letter to Abbott and the board. 

Kardashian has been vocal about different loss of life row instances, urging numerous governor’s to grant clemency to inmates.