July Scheduled Execution of Texan Delayed to 2014

By: Adriana M. Chavez, El Paso Times
By: Adriana M. Chavez, El Paso Times

A Texas death row inmate facing lethal injection this summer for the 2000 fatal beating of his girlfriend's son has had his execution delayed.

The El Paso Times reported Monday that a judge has pushed back the July 10 execution date of Rigoberto Avila Jr. until January.

The judge last week granted a defense request for more time to review a scientific study that indicates 19-month-old Nicolas Macias could have been hurt by an older sibling.

Testimony showed Avila was watching the boy and the youngster's 4-year-old brother while his girlfriend was attending a college class. The couple had been dating about four months.

Avila at trial denied hurting the victim but earlier told police that he was jealous because his girlfriend was paying so much attention to Nicolas.

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