AUSTIN, Texas – An appeals court has stayed the execution of a North Texas man until it can review whether he received a fair trial in the killing of a Fort Worth-area amusement center manager during a 2006 robbery.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday delayed Wednesday's scheduled execution of Paul David Storey. His attorney had argued that Storey's capital murder conviction and sentence for the death of Jonas Cherry were tainted by prosecutorial misconduct.
The appeals court has directed the trial court to investigate the claims and report back.
Storey's attorney, Michael Ware, said the appeals court "obviously did the right thing," but he and his client "still have a long way to go."
Prosecutors didn't return calls seeking comment Friday.
Cherry's parents want Storey's sentence commuted to life without parole.