Houston DA asking death row inmate be resentenced to life

November 2, 2017

HOUSTON (AP) — The Harris County district attorney says she’ll ask that a condemned inmate who won a U.S. Supreme Court appeal of his death sentence be resentenced to life in prison.

District Attorney Kim Ogg says a life sentence is what she believes the law now requires for Bobby James Moore.

The high court in March agreed with Moore’s lawyers who challenged a Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruling that he was not intellectually disabled and could be put to death. The justices, who have held that mentally disabled people may not be executed, said the Texas court ignored current medical standards and required use of outdated criteria when it wrongly decided Moore wasn’t mentally disabled.

Moore was convicted of the 1980 fatal shooting of Houston grocery clerk James McCarble.

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