Texas appeals to & # 39; intellectually disabled & # 39; salesperson assassin Bobby Moore & # 39; s death sentence must be converted to life in prison after 39 years in death row
- The Texas Court of Appeal punishes the death penalty for Bobby Moore
- The appeal court upheld the US Supreme Court ruling in February that Moore was to & # 39; intellectually handicapped & # 39; was for the death penalty
- Moore, 60, has been in death row for 39 years in connection with the murder of a store clerk in Houston
- Moore & # 39; s lawyer: & # 39; [the verdict] has ensured that justice is done to the unsuitability of the death penalty for Bobby Moore & # 39;
The death penalty for Bobby Moore has been converted to prison life by the Texas Criminal Court of Appeals.
This decision ends a legal battle that has lasted decades.
Moore, now 60, has been in death row for 39 years since being convicted of killing an elderly store clerk, James McCarble, during a robbery in Houston.
The issue for Moore's lawyers is the claim that he is being & # 39; intellectually disabled & # 39; was to be put to death.
The state's Court of Criminal Appeals has dealt with the issue twice and both times they decided that he did not qualify as intellectually disabled, not even after the US Supreme Court dealt with the controversial issue.
Bobby Moore, 60, has been a death row prisoner since 1980. But the Texas Criminal Court of Appeals followed the decision of the US Supreme Court and commuted its death penalty
One of Bobby Moore & # 39; s lawyers, Washington D.C. based Cliff Sloan said the court of appeal in Texas & # 39; has ensured justice to the inadequacy of the death penalty for Bobby Moore & # 39;
An execution bed in the Texas Death Row in Huntsville, Texas. Bobby Moore spent 39 years in death row until the state court of appeal pronounced his death sentence because he & # 39; intellectually disabled & # 39; used to be
However, when it went back in February for arguments before the Supreme Court, the judges made a clearer distinction by judging that Moore was mentally handicapped, Texas Tribune reported.
That paved the way for the Texas court to pass the same verdict.
"Concluding that the applicant is a person with intellectual disability who is exempt from the death penalty, the Supreme Court has settled the applicant's claim in his favor," the Texas court said in its Wednesday ruling. & # 39; We have nothing else to do but to implement the implementation of the Supreme Court. & # 39;
Cliff Sloan, one of Moore's lawyers, said it was a justification for his client.
& # 39; We very much appreciate that the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has implemented the Supreme Court decision and has done justice to the inadequacy of the death penalty for Bobby Moore, & # 39; said Sloan.
Since Moore was convicted before the & # 39; life in prison without the possibility of conditional release & # 39; was determined and prisoners were eligible for conditional release after 20 years, the Texas Tribune noted that he is automatically eligible for conditional release.
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