The US Supreme Court halted the execution of a Texas inmate just one hour before it was scheduled to take place. The execution has been stayed pending the court’s consideration of a petition on civil grounds. The defendant is asking the court to review a Appellate decision which rejected his request to conduct DNA testing on evidence from the crime scene. The Appellate court denied the defendant’s request because it was filed as a civil rights claim.
In their brief, the defense team noted that out of the nine federal appeal courts, seven of them would accept the motion based on a civil rights claim, and two would not. The defendant’s original attorney reportedly did not ask for DNA testing because he was afraid it would incriminate, rather then exonerate, the defendant.
U.S Supreme Court delays Texas execution | Houston Chronicle