Texas 7 escapee gets second stay of execution after argument over religious discrimination
Patrick Murphy, one of the infamous Texas 7 prison escapees who murdered an Irving police officer while on the run, got his execution stayed again, just days before his date with death. Murphy was to be executed Nov. 13, for his role in the killing of Irving police Officer Aubrey Hawkins on Christmas Eve of 2000. In March, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh ruled that Texas must allow Murphy to have a Buddhist chaplain in the death chamber because the state provides spiritual advisers to other condemned inmates.The state responded by removing all clergy from the death chamber and a new execution date was set for Murphy.
(CBSDFW.COM) – Just days before he was set to die for murdering an Irving police officer in 2000, death row inmate Patrick Murphy will have his execution delayed for the second time this year.
Murphy was part of a group of prison escapees known as thethat killed officer Aubrey Hawkins during a crime spree on Christmas Eve.
Murphy was granted the stay of execution Thursday after the state refused to allow him to have a Buddhist chaplain hours before he was scheduled to be put to death on Nov. 13.
Days later, theclergy from being present in the death chamber.
Murphy talked to CBS 11 in March and claimed his life should be spared because he said he was on the other side of a sporting goods store where Hawkins was gunned down. He said he was in a getaway car.
“I’m not challenging the guilt of the crime,” he said.
A new date for Murphy’s execution has not yet been set.
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