Con Wins Death Stay in Judge Affair Appeal

Relationship between judge and prosecutor not reason for decision
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 10, 2008 11:48 AM CDT
Charles Dean Hood was scheduled for execution at the Texas prison in Huntsville, on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008. A Texas appeals court stopped the scheduled execution.   (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice, File)

(Newser) – A Texas death-row inmate who filed an appeal alleging that an affair between the judge and prosecutor compromised his trial has been granted a stay of execution. But, ABC News reports, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals approved Charles Dean Hood's request based not on the affair but because of a problem with jury instructions during his trial for murder and robbery.