HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals is asking a Tarrant County trial court to review two of three appeals claims that prompted the state’s top criminal court to stop the scheduled May execution of 37-year-old Tilon Carter for the slaying of an 89-year-old man in Fort Worth.

Tilon Carter (credit: Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice)

Carter is on death row for 2004 killing of James Tomlin during a robbery at his home.

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The appeals court Wednesday told the trial court in Carter’s case to resolve questions raised by the prisoner’s lawyers about the propriety of a medical examiner’s trial testimony regarding Tomlin’s cause of death.

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The appeals court also wants the trial court to examine statements from three forensic pathologists who contend the prosecutors’ theory that Tomlin’s death was a capital murder wasn’t supported by the autopsy findings.

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