A woman is set to be executed in the US after being convicted of killing her daughter. She begs for mercy despite having many supporters.
On February 17, 2007, baby Mariah Alvarez was found dead in Harlingen, Texas. At the time, her mother, Melissa Lucio, told police she found her child dead after putting him to bed. She explained that two days before her death, Mariah fell down the stairs while moving into a new apartment with her family. The mother did not consider the injury serious and paid no attention to it until the tragedy. Mariah was pronounced dead at the hospital. Questioned by authorities about the tragedy, Melissa Lucio, after a difficult interrogation, confessed to actually killing her child. At the end of her trial, she was sentenced to death and is scheduled to be executed on April 27.
His lawyers are now asking the courts for clemency. They claim that at the time of the interview, she was particularly vulnerable, still grieving the death of her daughter, pregnant with twins, and had suffered abuse and trauma in her own life. After repeating at least a hundred times that she was innocent, she finally said, “I think I did it,” when discussing the murder. Her defense attorneys say she could easily have been manipulated into extorting the confession, reports ABC News. During his trial, former Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos, who is currently serving a 13-year sentence on bribery and racketeering charges in an unrelated case, made the testimony at the center of the trial. Prosecutors also claimed during the hearings that little Mariah’s injuries could only be the result of abuse and physical violence. The mother had been sentenced to death for endangering the life of a child and the father to four years in prison.
Melissa Lucio is now 53 years old and has spent 15 years behind bars. Last October, the Supreme Court refused to overturn the ruling. A strong mobilization has taken place in recent weeks as the execution of the family’s mother draws near. “Convinced that Mariah’s injuries were the result of abuse and not an accident, they sought evidence to support their assumptions and rejected evidence supporting reports of Mariah’s fall and her deteriorating health in the days that followed ‘ the lawyers complain. The latter claim that investigators were convinced that a crime had been committed and “focused on Melissa as the alleged attacker”.
The mobilization of several representatives from Texas
The group The Innocence Project, which aims to apologize to those wrongly convicted, recently joined the fifty-year-old’s legal team. According to one of the association’s directors, Vanessa Potkin, quoted by ABC News, Melissa Lucio was the victim of a “completely hasty” verdict based on misunderstanding, “highly manipulative and coerced questioning and flawed evidence.” “We had his interrogation analyzed by experts specializing in false confessions. They have confirmed that his statements are completely unreliable, that they are simply repeating the words officers threw at him for five hours.” her investigation was told that the mother admitted to abusing the girl and that he was accompanied during the autopsy by two of the officers who had questioned the suspect. A juror at the trial has since expressed concern and regret at the verdict. “I think it’s really significant that people who have heard the evidence against Melissa feel that the new evidence is so strong that they might have voted differently in the case, and it just underscores the need for that a court is re-examining the case,” said Vanessa Potkin.
A protest was held outside Dallas City Hall last week. “We are here to prevent an irreversible injustice, the government’s execution of Melissa Lucio, because if we don’t, if the state executes her despite all the overwhelming evidence pointing to her innocence, her execution will taint her.” the morality of our state,” said Democratic Rep. Victoria Neave Criado, as quoted by CNN. Republican Rep. Jeff Leach echoed Victoria Criado’s request, saying he was “honored” to support Melissa Lucio’s clemency petition along with other elected officials in the state, recalling there was still time “to ensure justice is done.” . The Free Melissa Lucio mobilization movement is being carried out in part in close collaboration with John, the defendant’s eldest son, who is asking for his mother’s exoneration. “My mother is an innocent woman. My mother was never the woman molester – the monster that former district attorney Armando Villalobos led people to believe. She was a good mother. She wasn’t a perfect mother, but she made sure we took care of ourselves,” he said at a press conference attended by several state officials on Friday.
It is so heartbreaking to read this letter from Melissa Lucio’s children asking the state not to kill their mother. There are so many unresolved questions surrounding this case and the evidence used to convict her. pic.twitter.com/SjEtsfmZeq
— Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashian) April 7, 2022
The family also received support from the influencer Kim Kardashian – who has been studying law for several years and is committed to several prisoners. She tweeted: “Melissa is the survivor of abuse and violence after hours of interrogation she made a false confession. She just wanted the interrogation to end, but the police turned her words into a confession. His execution is scheduled for April 27 in Texas. She shared the petition urging Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to stay her death sentence.