Robert Pruett has received a stay of execution to allow for more DNA testing of evidence. He was scheduled to be put to death this evening for the 1999 murder of correctional officer Daniel Nagle at the McConnell Unit in Beeville. He received a stay of execution in 2013 after prosecutors agreed to a request for DNA testing; a 2014 execution date also was withdrawn. Pruett has consistently maintained his innocence.
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This is the second time this month that a scheduled execution in Texas has been called off; Richard Vasquez received a stay from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals last week.