Updated 06/11/2007 03:30 PM
Henderson wins execution reprieve
Condemned inmate Cathy Lynn Henderson won a reprieve Monday from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
The reprieve will keep the 50-year-old Pflugerville woman from being executed Wednesday over the slaying of a three-month-old boy.
Henderson was condemned over the 1994 death of Brandon Baugh, whose skull was bashed while she was babysitting him.
His body was found stuffed in a wine cooler carton and buried in a field outside Temple, about 50 miles north of Henderson's home.
The state's highest criminal court voted to send the case back to the trial court because of new evidence suggesting that Brandon's head injuries could have come from an accidental fall. That's what Henderson has claimed.
After Brandon's death, Henderson was arrested in Independence, Mo., where she tried to assume a new identity after leaving her own children in the care of a relative in Bell County. Henderson claimed she fled in a panic.
The high court ordered the trial court to examine arguments that Henderson was innocent of capital murder and that constitutional errors led to her conviction.
Henderson would be the fourth woman executed in the nation's busiest capital punishment state.
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