An execution date in August 2016 was stayed by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
The October 2017 date was set after the appeals panel ruled that DNA testing would not have changed the outcome of his trial.
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She pleaded guilty before Castillo's 2005 trial and testified against him. Cardenas's conviction must be tossed, say Mexican authorities and his attorneys, because police violated an international treaty when they failed to notify him of his right to contact the Mexican embassy after his arrest. 26, 2017, was withdrawn after the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals today issued an Order remanding Youngs case to the trial court to resolve a due-process violation when false and misleading testimony was introduced at his trial.
Late in his trial, Castillo fired his lawyers and represented himself. Sentenced to death in a pair of carjackings in the Midland area in 2001 that claimed the lives of two men. Sentenced to death following his conviction in one of four Harris County murders that he confessed to police.
He requested the death penalty following his conviction, but his appellate attorneys continued to ask that his sentence be commuted to life in prison due to previously undetected brain damage.
He has steadfastly claimed that others framed him in the 2002 killing of a corrections officer who was stabbed to death at a prison near Corpus Christi.
Bigby's lawyers didn't dispute his actions but noted he'd been treated three times for mental disorders before the killings.