massive outpouring of support for mother on death row

In 2007, her 2-year-old daughter Mariah was found dead in her home, covered in bruises, days after falling down stairs. She is immediately suspected of having hit her. She is questioned at length, barely a few hours after the death of her daughter.

After saying “she hasn’t done it nearly a hundred times,” she makes a “completely extorted” confession, according to Sabrina Van Tassel, director of the hit documentary “The State of Texas vs. Melissa.” and support from the American. “I guess I did,” Melissa Lucio, questioned about the presence of the bruises, told investigators.

This confession is “the only thing they had against her”, assures Sabrina Van Tassel, convinced that “there is nothing that connects Melissa Lucio to the death of this child, there is no DNA, nor witness. The handicaps of the girl, likely to explain her fall, had not been taken into account by the experts, according to her defense, which ensures that the bruises could have been caused by a blood circulation disorder. None of Melissa’s children had accused her of being violent. As for the prosecutor, he will later be sentenced to prison for corruption and extortion.

Supported by Kim Kardashian and Christiane Taubira

For years, the case of Melissa, 53 years old today, did not interest many people. The documentary changes things and, in recent weeks, a movement has gathered around it. Reality star Kim Kardashian tweeted to her tens of millions of followers on Wednesday that there were “so many unresolved questions surrounding this case.”

In France, Christiane Taubira, former Keeper of the Seals and ex-candidate for the 2022 presidential election, is committed to Melissa Lucio, probably “victim of a miscarriage of justice”. One of the jurors in her trial also confided her “deep regrets” for having sentenced her to death, in an editorial published in early March.

Melissa Lucio is even supported by Republicans, traditionally more inclined to defend capital punishment. About 80 Texas lawmakers from both parties have called on authorities to call off his execution. “As a conservative Republican myself, a longtime supporter of the death penalty for the most heinous crimes, I have never seen a more disturbing case than that of Melissa Lucio,” said one. , Jeff Leach.

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