HUNTSVILLE, Texas – The latest on the scheduled Wednesday execution of Texas inmate Raphael Holiday (all times local):
The scheduled execution of a Texas inmate condemned for setting a fire that killed his 18-month-old daughter and her two young half-sisters at an East Texas home is on hold at least temporarily.
The trial court in the case of 36-year-old Raphael Holiday has withdrawn the Wednesday evening execution warrant after Holiday's trial lawyer filed an appeal. Attorney Frank Blazek says some testimony during the punishment phase of Holiday's trial and Holiday's conviction were both improper.
The trial court judge says the issues need to be reviewed.
The Texas Attorney General's Office is appealing to lift the order.
Holiday insists he doesn't know how the log cabin about 100 miles north of Houston caught fire in September 2000, killing the children. His estranged common-law wife had obtained a protective order against him.