Melissa Lucio, a Texas mother sentenced to death for the 2007 murder of her two-year-old daughter, was granted a stay of execution just 48 hours before her execution due to new found evidence, according to The Guardian.
Lucio's legal team provided new information in a Habeas petition that alleged the death of her toddler daughter never occurred. According to medical and eyewitness reports, Mariah, the toddler died after accidentally falling down a steep flight of stairs at Lucio’s home.
Lucio's family is overjoyed that her execution has been delayed, and her son says that "prayers have been heard."
Melissa Lucio's case made national headlines and drew a lot of attention, resulting in a Hulu documentary, The State of Texas vs. Melissa, which you can watch here.