Crime Texas 7 escapee gets second stay of execution after argument over religious discrimination

23:05  07 november  2019
23:05  07 november  2019 Source:   wfaa.com

Execution Delayed Again For Texas 7 Death Row Inmate Patrick Murphy

  Execution Delayed Again For Texas 7 Death Row Inmate Patrick Murphy 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. © Provided by CBS Broadcasting Inc.Murphy was part of a group of prison escapees known as the Texas 7 that 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.

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Patrick Murphy’s execution was scheduled for Nov. 13, but a judge stayed the execution Thursday. It’s the second time Murphy’s execution has been One of the final surviving Texas 7 prison escapees had his execution delayed Thursday for the second time this year out of concern his

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.

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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.

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One of the remaining Texas 7 prison escapees had his request to delay his execution denied Patrick Murphy’s execution was initially blocked by the U.S. Supreme Court in March after he claimed religious discrimination . Additionally, Murphy accused the judge who presided over his criminal trial of being biased. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals stayed the execution of Randy Halprin

The state responded by removing all clergy from the death chamber and a new execution date was set for Murphy.

On Thursday morning, a federal judge put the execution on hold for a second time after the state refused to provide Murphy a Buddhist chaplain in the hours before he goes into the death chamber.

“Murphy’s deposition demonstrates valid concerns about the current TDCJ policy,” wrote U.S. District Judge George C. Hanks in a ruling Thursday morning.

In court documents, Murphy has said that when he speaks with prison-employed clergy, the conversation "almost always, at one point, would turn towards religion."

Murphy has said he has felt "an underlying current of a little bit of pressure...to make a last-minute conversion to Christianity" despite his Buddhist beliefs, court records show.

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The second -to-last surviving ' Texas 7 ' escapee now has a date with death. Patrick Murphy, who was convicted under the controversial law of parties after playing lookout during a deadly store robbery, is scheduled for execution March 28, according to Texas prison spokesman Jeremy Desel.

Murphy received a stay of execution , on the argument that allowing Christian pastors and Muslim Now, no religious personnel are allowed to accompany the condemned person into the execution The other surviving Texas Seven escapee , Randy Halperin, is set to be executed as scheduled in

The state-employed clergy allow an inmate to convert to Christianity in his final moments. Texas prisons do not employ a Buddhist chaplain and the state does not allow non-prison employees inside the death chamber for security reasons.

Judge Hanks, in the Southern District of Texas based in Houston, acknowledged that during the final hours before the execution when “TDCJ denied Murphy in-person access to his chosen spiritual advisor, he interacted with clergy who would “only pray according to [their] faith and [their] belief.”

TDCJ has chaplains on staff, the judge continued, “…provide spiritual support only to inmates of certain faith groups.”

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Judge Hanks proposed ending “denominational discrimination” by “ending all contact with all clergy at the same hour for all inmates or [by] allowing all inmates equal access to their chosen spiritual advisors before they enter the death chamber.”

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" Texas Seven " member Randy Halprin wins stay of execution amid claim of anti-Semitic judge. The 31-year-old officer was shot repeatedly and run over as the escapees fled. Halprin’s was the second Texas execution stopped by different courts in two days.

Texas man gets life in abduction where FBI killed hostage. Citing a court's clerical mistake, prosecutors this week asked for a new execution date for Texas 7 escapee Joseph Garcia. Paperwork errors last year also forced the cancellation of execution dates for Larry Swearingen and

A date will be set for new arguments in this case in federal court.

Murphy had recently been moved to a cell with 24-hour camera surveillance on death row, which all inmates are transferred to when they get an execution date scheduled. He’ll now be moved out of that cell back to another one nearby on death row.

Murphy was 39 when he joined six other inmates in a daring plot to escape from the Connally Unit in Kenedy, Texas, on Dec. 13, 2000.

On Christmas Eve, Murphy was the getaway driver who dropped off his fellow escapees to commit a robbery inside the Oshman’s Sporting Goods Store in Irving. When Hawkins responded to the 911 call, the prison escapees shot him 11 times and ran over him with his own patrol car.

After a nationwide manhunt, the infamous Texas 7 were captured near Colorado Springs.

Murphy and Randy Halprin are the final two awaiting execution.

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