Texas Death Row Inmate Gets Reprieve

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AUSTIN -- Condemned inmate Cathy Lynn Henderson won a reprieve Monday from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

The reprieve will keep the 50-year-old inmate from the Austin area from being executed Wednesday over the slaying of a three-month-old boy.

Henderson was condemned over the 1994 death of Brandon Baugh, whose skull was bashed while she was babysitting him. The victim's body was found buried in a wine cooler box.

The state's highest criminal court voted to send the case back to the trial court because of new evidence suggesting that the baby's head injuries could have come from an accidental fall. That's what Henderson has claimed.

The high court ordered the trial court to examine arguments that Henderson was innocent of capital murder and that constitutional errors led to her conviction.

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