Execution in Huntsville Stopped, Restarted, Restopped

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- Governor Rick Perry is using his authority to issue a one-time 30-day reprieve for condemned inmate Charles Dean Hood whose scheduled execution was stopped as time ran out.

Texas prison officials halted the execution as a Tuesday midnight CDT deadline loomed.

Hood would have been the second Texas prisoner executed in as many weeks.

Shortly after 11 p.m. CDT, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected three appeals and Hood appeared headed to the death chamber.

But prison officials faced with the midnight deadline to administer lethal drugs to Hood feared they couldn't follow the proper procedures before the execution warrant expired.

Hood is scheduled to die for the 1989 slayings of Ronald Williamson and Tracie Lynn Wallace at Williamson's home in the Dallas suburb of Plano.

Hood initially won a reprieve just over an hour before he could have been put to death when a state district judge withdrew his execution warrant. He cried when informed he could live.

Hood lost the reprieve when the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals lifted the order some five hours later, saying State District Judge Curt Henderson didn't have the authority to withdraw the death warrant that appeared to stop the punishment.

Henderson did not give a specific reason for lifting the warrant.

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