HUNTSVILLE, TX In an order signed just over an hour before Hood could have gone
to the death chamber Tuesday night, state District Judge Curt
Henderson withdrew the execution warrant after defense attorneys
for the inmate had sought any correspondence in the Collin County
district attorney's office that could be related to accusations of
a long-standing romantic relationship between one of Hood's
prosecutors and the judge who presided over his trial in 1990.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals had refused to consider
arguments about the alleged affair, citing technical reasons that
disqualified the appeal.
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