Condemned murderer Jonathan Green has been spared from execution after the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals agreed to look more closely at arguments he was delusional and too mentally ill to be put to death.
The order from the state’s highest criminal appeals court came less than four hours before the 42-year-old Green could have received lethal injection Wednesday evening for the abduction, rape and strangling of a 12-year-old girl near Houston 10 years ago.
Green already had been taken to the death house in Huntsville when he received word of the reprieve.
He was convicted of the 2000 slaying of Christina LeAnn Neal in Montgomery County.

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