Texas inmate facing execution wins reprieve from state judge

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Posted: Apr 28, 2015 10:16 PM
Texas inmate facing execution wins reprieve from state judge

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas judge has halted the execution of an inmate convicted of stabbing a corrections officer to death more than 15 years ago.

Judge Bert Richardson issued the reprieve just hours before 35-year-old Robert Pruett could have been taken to the Texas death chamber for lethal injection Tuesday evening. Richardson is a criminal appeals court judge serving as visiting judge in the trial court where Pruett was convicted.

The judge blocked the punishment after Pruett's attorneys asked for DNA testing on the piece of metal used to kill 37-year-old Daniel Nagle in 1999 at a South Texas prison.