HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) A Texas death row inmate who faced execution later this month for the murder of a corrections officer won a reprieve Thursday.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruling halted the scheduled Aug. 23 execution of Robert Pruett, 36, who was sentenced to death for the December 1999 stabbing death of corrections officer Daniel Nagle, 37, at the McConnell Prison Unit near Beeville.
Nagle was stabbed seven times and died of a heart attack.
Investigators found a ripped up disciplinary note beside his body that led them to Pruett, who was serving a 99-year sentence at the unit.
Pruett, who maintains his innocence, says his name was on the note found because the guard wrote him up for taking his lunch out into the yard.
Pruett's lawyers are appealing a ruling from the Bee County trial court that rejected arguments Pruett wouldn't have been convicted if results of DNA testing now available had been known at the time of his trial in 2002.
The appeals court set no timetable in its ruling Thursday and offered no further explanation.
Source: The Associated Press, August 11, 2016
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