US Supreme Court Delays Patrick Murphy Execution Due To Religious Discrimination Claim

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court has delayed the execution of Texas inmate Patrick Murphy, who claimed religious discrimination over use of spiritual adviser.

Murphy was one of the Texas 7 prison escapees convicted for the murder of Irving Police Officer Aubrey Hawkins during a crime spree on Christmas Eve 2000.

Patrick Murphy talks to CBS 11’s J.D. Miles before Murphy’s scheduled execution

Murphy told CBS 11 recently, his life should be spared because he was on the other side of the building when the fatal shots were fired.  However he does blame himself for being where he is and says he doesn’t want anyone to think he’s innocent.

“I’m not challenging the guilt of the crime,” said Murphy.

The 57-year-old has been on death row for 17 years for the murder of Officer Hawkins.

“My role was basically really to be the getaway driver,” he…

Original published: 2019-03-28 20:34:36 Read the full Dallas News here

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