March 24, 2005
FREE BARRABAS: Texas high court blocks scheduled Wednesday executionTopics: News
If only Terri had killed someone - she wouldn't be dying now!
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- Texas' highest appeals court stopped the scheduled execution Wednesday of a man about five hours before he could have been put to death in the 1989 slaying of a restaurant manager.
Steven K. Staley, 42, won the reprieve after lawyers argued that instructions given to jurors at his 1991 trial were unclear when they were deciding whether he should get the death penalty. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals sent the case back to a trial court.
"This is good news," said Jack Strickland, one of Staley's attorneys.
Staley was condemned for the 1989 slaying of a Fort Worth restaurant manager during a botched robbery. At the time, he was an escapee from a Denver halfway house.
Wednesday's ruling came as the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans was considering an appeal from the Texas attorney general's office to remove a reprieve issued Tuesday by a federal judge.
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