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'Texas 7' prison-break gang member gets execution reprieve

 

March 29, 2019



HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A member of the "Texas 7" gang of escaped prisoners won a reprieve Thursday night from execution for the fatal shooting of a suburban Dallas police officer after claiming his religious freedom would be violated if his spiritual adviser wasn't allowed to be in the death chamber with him.

The U.S. Supreme Court blocked Patrick Murphy's execution about two hours after he could have been executed.

Murphy's attorneys had said that Texas prison officials' efforts to prevent the inmate's spiritual adviser, a Buddhist priest, from being with him when he is put to death vi...



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