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Rare Reprieve Granted to Inmate Marked for Execution

Image courtesy Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
A Texas court granted a reprieve to a prisoner due for execution on Wednesday

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled today to stop the scheduled execution of a convicted killer because of his mental health issues.

The state's highest criminal court gave a reprieve to 49-year-old Steven Staley. Staley’s execution was set for Wednesday. He was convicted of the 1989 shooting death of a Fort Worth restaurant manager during a botched robbery.

Staley's attorney argued that the prisoner's IQ of 70 likely meant he was mentally impaired and therefore ineligible for execution. 

You can read the court's reprieve online