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In June 2017, Chanthakoumman received a stay of execution from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, which sent his case back to the Collin County trial court to review the possible use of discredited forensic sciences at trial.

Rodriguez has alleged that his defense attorneys were inadequate at trial. Ordered put to death after being convicted in the 2008 slayings in Fort Worth of a girl and her grandmother who were shot when he opened fire at a rival gang member whose home was the scene of a childrens birthday party. Psychologists testified that Battaglia is suffering from mental illness, including the delusion that he did not kill the girls.

Shore was scheduled to be executed on October 18, 2017.

However, his execution was stayed by a district court judge, to allow time to investigate claims that fellow death row inmate Larry Swearingen had tried to persuade Shore to confess to the crime for which Swearingen was sentenced to death.

He forgave his son and has since lobbied prosecutors relentlessly to spare his sons life.

Thomas Whitaker had undiagnosed mental-health issues at the time of the attack, he said, and has proved to be a model prisoner on death row.