The ruling came because Duane Edward Buck’s lawyers contended that his sentence was unfair because of a question asked about race during his trial. He was scheduled for lethal injection Thursday evening.
Buck, a 48-year-old auto mechanic, was sentenced to die for the fatal 1995 shootings of an ex-girlfriend and a man. His attorneys did not dispute his guilt but argued that prosecutors should not have used his race to argue for a death sentence. A psychologist’s testimony at the trial said that black people were more likely to commit violence.
Meanwhile, a similar request to block the execution was made to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who refused. Now, Perry the Republican frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination and his actions, have now come under closer scrutiny.
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