Kim Kardashian said she was “heartbroken” by written pleas from the children of a US mother facing the death penalty in Texas.
The reality star said there are “many unresolved questions” about Melissa Lucio’s case and that she is praying for her life to be saved.
Lucio was convicted of capital murder for the 2007 death of her daughter Mariah, who prosecutors say was a child abuse victim.
Her attorneys have argued that the jury never heard evidence to acquit her.
In response to a letter to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Kardashian wrote, “So heartbreaking to read this letter from Melissa Lucio’s children asking the state not to kill their mother.
“There are so many unresolved questions surrounding this case and the evidence that was used to convict her.
“This is one of the many reasons I oppose the death penalty and pray that her children’s wish will be granted and her mother’s life spared.”
Written by Lucio’s sons and daughters, the letter urged Governor Abbott to spare her life, saying the charges against her mother “tore our family apart”.
“The wounds have never fully healed… We ask you not to reopen these wounds. Please give us a chance to shut them down,” read the letter, which Kardashian shared on her Instagram story.
“Please allow us a chance for peace. Please allow us to reconcile Mariah’s death and commemorate her without new pain, anguish and sorrow.”
Kardashian has been a powerful voice in several high-profile legal cases across the US and recently passed her first-year law student’s exam known as “Baby Bar.”
The 41-year-old recently branded the US justice system “unfair” in the case of 26-year-old truck driver Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, who was sentenced to 110 years in prison after a crash that killed four people in 2019.
She later thanked Colorado Gov. Jared Polis for drastically reducing the sentence and said the case was a “clear example” of why mandatory minimum sentences should be scrapped.
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/north-america/kim-kardashian-heartbroken-by-death-sentence-given-to-us-mother-melissa-lucio-41528905.html Kim Kardashian “heartbroken” by death sentence against US mother Melissa Lucio