Texas Governor Abbott still waiting on pardon recommendation on Melissa Lucio

Texas Governor Greg Abbott
Texas Governor Greg Abbott Photo credit Tim Warner / Contributor

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said on Thursday that he has not received a recommendation from the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles on the case of Melissa Lucio. She is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday, April 27th for the murder of her two-year-old daughter.

Twenty members of the Texas State Senate have sent a letter to the board urging them to recommend that Gov. Abbott grant her clemency. Those lawmakers and Lucio's relatives say she's innocent and was pressured into making a false confession. They're calling for a temporary reprieve or for her death sentence to be commuted.

During a news conference on Thursday, the Governor said he's willing to review the case - but did not indicate if he was inclined to delay Lucio's execution

"I still have not received a report from the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. That's a requirement for the Governor to receive that before any action is taken," Gov. Abbott said. "When I receive that, I'll consider it and take whatever action I think is appropriate."

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