Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Feb 28, 2022 / 17:00 pm
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.
Alvarez was discovered at her home in Harlingen, Texas, with damage to her spinal cord, a head injury, an arm that had been previously broken and healed without proper medical care, and with bruises to her kidneys and lungs. An emergency room doctor referred to Alvarez’s injuries as the worst he had seen in three decades of medicine. She was declared dead upon arrival at the hospital.