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Archbishops issue letter to governor regarding upcoming execution of Melissa Lucio

AUSTIN — The 21 Catholic bishops in active ministry in Texas have written Cameron County District Attorney Luis Sanez, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, and Gov. Greg Abbott, to spare the life of Melissa Lucio, a mother of 14 and a grandmother, who is sentenced to die April 27.

The bishops join a broad coalition, including the Innocence Project, domestic violence and battered women’s organizations, former prosecutors, bipartisan legislators and others, who call for a stay of execution to conduct a meaningful review of her case.

The letter is signed by every bishop and auxiliary bishop in Texas.