The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals is considering whether to stop the scheduled Thursday execution of a man convicted of abducting, robbing and fatally shooting a Dallas man a decade ago.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys say 31-year-old Roderick Newton is likely to get a reprieve after Dallas County authorities turned over to his lawyers a piece of misplaced evidence within the past two weeks.
Newton was condemned for the death of 20-year-old Jesus Montoya,
of Dallas. In 1999, he was abducted from a car wash, forced to make an ATM withdrawal, robbed of his jewelry and then shot and dumped
in a vacant lot in Mesquite.