Execution Stayed for Texas Man Who Murdered Girlfriend's Baby During ‘exorcism'

The Texas Criminal Court of Appeals issued a stay Monday for the man scheduled to be the state's first execution of 2019.Blaine Keith Milam, 28, had been scheduled to die by lethal injection Tuesday for the 2008 murder of his girlfriend's 13-month-old daughter.The appeals court's order cited "recent changes in the science pertaining to bite mark comparisons" as well as intellectual-disability law.Milam's attorneys have argued that his conviction was based on bite mark evidence now considered unreliable and say that he is intellectually disabled.Officials found Amora Carson's body in a hole in the bathroom floor of the family's Rusk County home in December 2008. The girl had been bitten at least 24 times and hit with a hammer so many times that a medical examiner couldn't determine which wound had killed her.  Continue reading...

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