Appeals Court Halts Execution Of Convicted Texas Killer

Robert James Campbell (Texas prison photo)

HUNTSVILLE (May 13, 2014) The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has halted the execution of a Texas death row inmate who was scheduled to receive a lethal injection just after 6 p.m. Tuesday for the 1991 rape, robbery and murder of Houston bank teller Alexandra Rendon.

Attorneys for Robert James Campbell, 41, filed two appeals with the court.

The first challenged the state’s plan to use an execution drug made by a compounding pharmacy whose identity officials refuse to disclose, arguing that the execution should be delayed because of the botched execution of inmate Clayton Lockett two weeks ago in Oklahoma.

The court rejected that challenge, but then granted a second request for a stay based on new information that Campbell is intellectually impaired and ineligible for the death penalty.

Campbell’s attorneys argued that state officials withheld the results of IQ tests given to Campbell when he was a child and shortly after he was transferred to death row that indicate his IQ is at or below the level the U.S. Supreme Court says indicates retardation.

Rendon was kidnapped from in January 1991 from a Chevron station and driven to an isolated area where Lewis and his co-defendant took her jewelry, and then raped her, records show.

Then the men forced Rendon at gunpoint to walk into a field where Campbell told her to run.

Campbell fired once at her and missed and then shot her in the back and left her to die, records show.

The two men fled in the victim’s car.

Rendon's body was found 12 days later.

"This was not a shoot and rob and run away," Rendon's cousin, Israel Santana, said. "The agony she had to go through."

Rendon, who had been making wedding plans, was buried wearing her recently purchased wedding dress.

Campbell was 18 at the time of the murder.