HUNTSVILLE, TX – He was a dead man walking at the Texas State Penitentiary, a place where many have been put to death. Then, just three hours before convicted rapist and murderer Robert James Campbell was set to die, a federal appeals court granted him a stay of execution.
Attorneys for the 41-year-old argued that he’s intellectually disabled, making him ineligible for execution.
You see, in 2002, the U.S. Supreme Court concluded “the mentally retarded should be categorically excluded from execution.”
Campbell tested out with a 68 IQ when he was a boy and 71 when he got to death row.
Campbell’s attorneys also argued that the state should be forced to disclose the source of the lethal drug it intends to drip into Campbell’s veins.
He would’ve been the eighth Texas killer executed this year and the first since last month’s botched Oklahoma execution of Clayton Lockett.
Since 1976, Texas has executed 515 people, which is more than any other state.
Three more executions are scheduled in Texas later this year, one in August and two in September.
While the clock ticks down on Campbell’s life, attorneys and the state will continue their deadly debate.