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Melissa Lucio, an American mother sentenced to death for the murder of her daughter after a controversial trial, saw her execution suspended Monday by a Texas appeals court, two days before the scheduled date. Sabrina Van Tassel, director of the documentary “The State of Texas against Melissa”, is convinced of her innocence. She was the guest of France 24 on Tuesday evening.
It is a case that marked Texas. In 2007, 2-year-old Mariah was found dead in her home, covered in bruises, days after falling down some stairs. Her mother, Melissa Lucio, whose life was marked by both physical and sexual assault, drug addiction and precarious conditions, was immediately suspected of having hit her.
After a long interrogation, the mother of the family had made a “completely extorted” confession, according to Sabrina Van Tassel, director of the hit documentary “The State of Texas against Melissa” (2020 in the United States, 2021 in France) and support of the American sentenced to death after a controversial trial. On the set of France 24, Tuesday evening, the journalist told why she believed in the innocence of Melissa Lucio. The latter remains on death row, while waiting for another Texas court to consider the requests of her lawyers.