Today's El Paso Times reports, "Execution date for El Pasoan on death row delayed." It's by Adriana M. Chávez.
The execution of an El Paso man convicted in the 2000 beating death of his girlfriend's 19-month-old son has been delayed for a second time.
Rigoberto Avila Jr., 40, had been scheduled to be put to death next week. His execution was originally scheduled for Dec. 12.
In 2001, Avila was sentenced to death by the same El Paso jury that convicted him in the death of Nicholas Macias, who was fatally beaten while Avila was baby-sitting Nicholas and his sibling on Feb. 29, 2000.
Following a court hearing Tuesday morning, 41st District Judge Anna Perez ruled additional time is necessary to allow Avila's defense attorney, Cathryn Crawford of the Texas Defender Service, to explore possible new evidence of Avila's innocence. Perez also ordered that Avila's execution be rescheduled for July 10.
Perez had originally denied a motion by Crawford last week seeking to delay Avila's execution, but on Monday Crawford asked Perez to reconsider her ruling.