Melissa Lucio Needs Swift Prayers and Mercy

Melissa Lucio Needs Swift Prayers and Mercy April 19, 2022

From David Mills on Facebook

A sad post on this Easter Sunday, but the execution date for Melissa Lucio draws closer. Without a 30-day reprieve from Texas governor Abbot or a permanent one from the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole, the state of Texas will kill her on April 27th.
The case against her is very bad. It is so bad that over half the state’s House of Representatives, including prominent Republicans, have asked Abbot and the Board to stop her execution. Over *half*. Including *Republicans*. For more details, see The Intercept’s story, “As execution looms, mounting evidence points to Marissa Lucio’s innocence.” Or the article on the Libertarian titled “Texas Plans To Execute a Mom for Killing Her 2-Year-Old, but the Case Has Numerous Problems,” or my post of March 16th
Republican Rep. Jeff Leach, a leader of the group, has said the facts are “still in grave dispute,” and “The system literally failed Lucio at every single turn.” He — a Republican, not a liberal or a bleeding heart, as they used to be called — told a news station that there are “deep and substantive and substantial” problems with the way Texas imposes the death penalty. Lucio’s case is the “most shocking, the most problematic” example of this. “To say I’m wrestling with the very existence of the death penalty in Texas would be a dramatic understatement,” Leach said.
The state’s Catholic bishops have also asked for clemency. They oppose executing Melissa not just because they oppose the death penalty, but because “there is a strong case for her innocence.” See the Catholic News Service’s story “Texas Catholic bishops seek clemency for woman on death row” for the details.
We must pray for her and for the officials in whose hands her life rests. It does seem that some Texas officials have the ungodly — and I mean that literally — desire to see people die, even if they may be innocent. What else we can do I don’t know.
As the active Roman Catholic Bishops in Texas, we urge you to act in your respective
capacities to stop the impending execution of Melissa Lucio on April 27, 2022. We
call on Mr. Saenz to withdraw the execution date. We call on the board to grant a
stay of execution, and we call on Governor Abbott to affirm that stay and grant her
clemency for a meaningful review of her case.
We continue to pray for everyone who has been touched by the tragic loss of
Mariah’s life, especially for the suffering Ms. Lucio and her family have endured.
We are also fervently praying that clemency be granted to Ms. Lucio, not solely
because of the Church’s opposition to the death penalty and the inherent dignity of
every human life, but also due to the mitigating circumstances surrounding her
Here is more about the case (at the end of the video) and other related issues from John Oliver

Warning: Language

STOP the Execution of Melissa Lucio | Catholic Mobilizing Network (CMN) (

Send a message to Texas Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles advocating for clemency for Melissa Lucio.

The state of Texas plans to execute Melissa Lucio on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 for the 2007 death of her two-year-old daughter, Mariah Alvarez, despite strong forensic evidence and eyewitness accounts that Mariah’s death was accidental.

While Melissa’s family was moving into a new apartment, Mariah, who had a mild physical disability that made her unstable when walking, stumbled and fell down a steep set of exterior stairs.

Mere hours after her daughter’s tragic death, Melissa was subjected to a five-hour, late-night, carefully orchestrated, and aggressive interrogation until, physically and emotionally exhausted, she agreed to say, “I guess I did it.”

At the time of her arrest, Melissa Lucio had no record of violence. Thousands of pages of protective service records and recorded interviews with her children show that Ms. Lucio was not abusive with her children.

Please contact Gov. Abbott and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles NOW and urge them to stop the execution of a woman who may well be innocent.


2267. Recourse to the death penalty on the part of legitimate authority, following a fair trial, was long considered an appropriate response to the gravity of certain crimes and an acceptable, albeit extreme, means of safeguarding the common good.

Today, however, there is an increasing awareness that the dignity of the person is not lost even after the commission of very serious crimes. In addition, a new understanding has emerged of the significance of penal sanctions imposed by the state. Lastly, more effective systems of detention have been developed, which ensure the due protection of citizens but, at the same time, do not definitively deprive the guilty of the possibility of redemption.

Consequently, the Church teaches, in the light of the Gospel, that “the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person”,[1] and she works with determination for its abolition worldwide. New revision of number 2267 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the death penalty – Rescriptum “ex Audentia SS.mi” (

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3 responses to “Melissa Lucio Needs Swift Prayers and Mercy”

  1. A few things were left out of the article.

    Food for thought. Not your basic “falling down the stairs”. I found, all this, within 30 seconds, of searching for the appellate record (1).

    Long after Melissa Lucio’s (ML) interrogation confession:

    A police officer (Villarreal) testified that he allowed appellant to make a cell-phone call to her sister while he was transporting appellant to a dental office for a dental mold. Villarreal testified that appellant appeared to be agitated and that he heard her say during the telephone call, Melissa Lucio: “Don’t blame Robert. This was me. I did it. So don’t blame Robert.”

    ML’s defense: ML struck Mariah in the head.

    NOTE: Since 2000, it has been well known that 71-83% of the “innocent”/”exonerated”, from death row, have been frauds, as detailed (2)

    Is Melissa Lucio (ML), now, part of that fraud group? All the red below, from that appellate record (1).

    NOTE: An accidental fall down the stairs is not an “I did it”. In addition, Melissa Lucio’s (ML) defense counsel confirms that ML hit Mariah in the head.

    ML defense: the defense argued that the jury should acquit appellant because ML was guilty only of “injury to a child” for the nonfatal injuries that she inflicted upon Mariah . . . ML beat Mariah, broke her arm, bruised Mariah from “HEAD” to foot before the fatal injuries and was, also, guilty of failing to get medical attention for these fatal injuries, which may have been caused by an accidental fall down the stairs.

    Sharp: It is impossible to exclude ML from committing murder. Let’s look:
    ML began to “open up” after “ABOUT 20 MINUTES of questioning, ML pinched Mariah’s vagina, beat her from “HEAD” to foot, had been “spanking” or “hitting” Mariah since sometime in December 2006 (through Feb, 2007, date of death), ML demonstrated how she abused and “spanked” Mariah, ML would “hit” Mariah when appellant got mad, would “spank” Mariah several times “day after day.”, causing 110 bruises, caused two or three bites on the body, ML bit Mariah twice on the back at different times about two weeks before Mariah’s death, ML, on one occasion, bit Mariah on the back for no reason while she was combing Mariah’s hair. ML said, “I just did it”, would sometimes grab and squeeze Mariah’s arm, twisted Mariah’s arm and broke it, probably about two to seven weeks before her death, Mariah was missing portions of her hair where it had been pulled out by the roots, Mariah had bruised kidneys, a bruised spinal cord and bruised lungs.

    Prosecution: Dr. Vargas told us it’s the worst he’s ever seen in his 30 years. Dr. Farley told us the same thing. Worst case of child abuse ever in our community. Look at this little girl. Look at her. She was defenseless, innocent. Her daughter.

    Mariah was “sick” on the day that she died, but ML was afraid to take Mariah to the doctor because of all the bruises on her.

    Prosecuton: She was beaten to death. This is not one time. Deliberate acts, over, and over, on this poor little girl. This is a crime of hatred. A crime of violence. Not just one time. Not an accident. The manner of death of which this little girl died is also tragic. It’s also horrific . . . the suffering that she endured from her little brain swelling, she would have suffered, she would have trouble breathing, she would have seizures and just lay there. She let her lay there and suffer.

    And ML, just, watched.

    ML stated none of the other children “beat” Mariah and that no one except ML beat Mariah. ML stated that Mariah had been in her care for at least the previous three days, prior to her death and that Alvarez never “hit” or “spanked” Mariah and that Alvarez was unaware of most of the bruises on Mariah’s body.

    According to the defense ML beat Mariah from “HEAD” to foot and we have this: “Don’t blame Robert. This was me. I (ML) did it. So don’t blame Robert.”

    since ’04, ML had about 17 or 18 positives for illegal drug use.

    Mariah had cocaine in her bloodstaem, when she died.

    ML told the police, during her recorded statement, that she was not close to Mariah because CPS removed Mariah from her home three weeks after she was born, consistent with the observation that ML was distant and not overly distressed and not even within arm’s reach of the child much less trying to hold her, or trying to do anything to hold her, the day of Mariah’s death.

    Mariah and all of the other children, living with ML, were removed from her home for physical neglect and negligent supervision just after Mariah was born on September 6, 2004, and placed them in foster care. CPS returned Mariah and eight other children to appellant’s home on November 21, 2006, three months prior to Mariah’s death.

    CPS testified that the CPS investigated various allegations, usually involving allegations of neglect and neglectful supervision, in 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004. ML often tested positive for cocaine and that two of appellant’s newborns tested positive for cocaine during this period of time, “since ’04 [appellant] had about 17 or 18 positives. CPA testified that appellant tested negative in the two drug tests that were offered between November 2006 and February 17, 2007.

    The police found paraphernalia for smoking crack cocaine in a search of appellant’s apartment after Mariah’s death, appellant received about $5,000 per month in welfare benefits most of which the State claimed appellant used to support a cocaine habit.

    The defense suggested, through its cross-examination, that CPS should not have returned the children to a parent who tested positive for drugs 18 times.

    and Mariah would still be alive.

    ML’s jail record:

    “in the short time that she’s been in jail she has had physical altercations, verbal altercations, been in possession of contraband, unauthorized communication, inciting a riot, and confrontational towards the staff.


    1) MELISSA ELIZABETH LUCIO v. THE STATE OF TEXAS :: 2011 :: Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Decisions :: Texas Case Law :: Texas Law :: US Law :: Justia

    2) The Death Row “Exonerated”/”Innocent” Frauds, 71-83% “Error” Rate in Death Row “Innocent” Claims, Well Known Since 2000

  2. I see Dudley has crawled out from under his rock again.

    Must suck for you that she’s been given a reprieve. Now you can’t jerk off to her execution.

  3. Abbey:

    Lovely personal attack, which does not help your credibility, not your knowledge of the case, the issue at hand.

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