Death row inmate gets reprieve because of Harvey

FILE - This Sept. 21, 2010, file photo shows the death chamber of the new lethal injection facility at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. California proposed Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, to allow corrections officials to choose one of four types of barbiturates to execute prisoners on death row depending on what’s available, as states deal with a nationwide shortage of execution drugs. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A 36-year-old condemned Texas inmate scheduled for execution next week has won a temporary reprieve because of Hurricane Harvey.

Bexar County prosecutors cited “extraordinary circumstances” in asking a state judge to move Juan Castillo’s execution to Dec. 14 because some of his legal team is based in Harris County. Gov. Greg Abbott has designated the county a disaster area along with dozens of other Texas counties hit by the storm.

State District Judge Jefferson Moore signed the order Wednesday agreeing to move the date.

Castillo had been scheduled for lethal injection Sept. 7 in Huntsville for the slaying of 19-year-old Tommy Garcia Jr. during a 2003 robbery in San Antonio.



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