Execution of Texas inmate convicted of killing professor, 77, delayed

Edward Lee Busby’s execution had been set for May 6. (Texas prison photo)
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) A sixth scheduled execution of a Texas death row inmate has been delayed following the coronavirus spread around the state.

Edward Lee Busby’s execution had been set for May 6.

But it was stayed for 60 days by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

The 47-year-old Busby was condemned for the 2004 suffocation of a retired 77-year-old college professor abducted in Fort Worth and whose body was later recovered in Oklahoma.

Tape was placed over her nose and mouth, which caused her death.

While the appeals court didn’t mention COVID-19 in its order, Busby’s attorneys had argued the execution should be delayed because of the dangers from the pandemic.