Execution of Sex Offender May Be Blocked

Lawyers for Jesse Joe Hernandez are appealing the U.S. Supreme Court

By Michael Graczyk
|  Wednesday, Mar 28, 2012  |  Updated 11:31 AM CDT
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Execution of Sex Offender May Be Blocked

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U.S. Supreme Court must decide whether to block the scheduled execution of a convicted child sex offender.

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The U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether to block the scheduled execution of a convicted child sex offender condemned in the beating death of a 10-month-old boy he was babysitting at a home in Dallas.

Forty-seven-year-old Jesse Joe Hernandez is set for lethal injection Wednesday evening in Huntsville for the slaying of Karlos Borjas 11 years ago.

The child was brought to a Dallas hospital in April 2001 with a skull fracture and bruises to his head, thigh and abdomen. A week later, he was taken off life support and died. Hernandez's DNA was found in Karlos' blood on a pillowcase and on the child's clothing.

Hernandez denied beating the children but later acknowledged to a detective he may have hit the boy with a flashlight.

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