March 24th, 2010
06:24 PM ET

Texas inmate granted temporary stay of execution

The Supreme Court granted a temporary stay of execution late Wednesday for a condemned Texas inmate who is requesting DNA testing of evidence in his case.

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  1. unidoc

    And why was this DNA testing not done already?

    March 24, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Michael Aguirre

    To whom it may concern. My name is Michael Aguirre and I was a Correctional Officer for the Gray County Sheriff's Office in Pampa, Texas when Hank Skinner was brought in on Murder Charges. There are several people who worked at the Sheriff's Office during this time who felt Hank was innocent. Back then, in 1993 things were still very much "the good ol' boy" way of justice and politics. I would try and interview the District Attorney at that time John Mann and former Sheriff Randy Stubblefield. These men had an issue with Hank way before he was arrested for murder. Up until then I remember booking Hank into jail on Public Intoxication charges and maybe an assault charge, but that's it. Hank is a very intelligent man and I know this bothered the former Sheriff and District Attorney. Hank had a way of making them look very foolish. Anyway, I'm thrilled that Hank Skinner has received a stay of execution. THE DNA EVIDENCE NEEDS TO BE TESTED!!!!!!!! From what I understand a DNA lab in Arizona has offered to test the DNA for free, so it looks like we have no excuse now. I currently live in Sacramento, California and work for the State Controller's Office. Thank You for following this story.

    ~Michael Aguirre

    March 24, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Scott Clark Australia

    I can not believe DNA testing has not already been done!!!! Does not seem like this system is working well.
    This is why we have no death penalty in Australia.

    March 25, 2010 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |