Texas death row prisoner wins reprieve

HOUSTON (AP) – Texas’ longest-serving condemned prisoner, set to die this week after more than 31 years on death row, won a reprieve Monday from the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ronald Chambers, 52, was scheduled for lethal injection Thursday, but his punishment was delayed indefinitely by an order from Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

“We are grateful for the stay,” James Volberding, Chambers’ lawyer, said. “We did not know whether the Supreme Court would grant one.”

Chambers’ attorneys had asked the high court to postpone his execution until they rule on another Texas capital case that raises questions about whether jurors were properly instructed to consider mitigating factors when deciding a death sentence.

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