- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - The execution of a Corpus Christi man set for next week for the beating death of his 4-year-old stepdaughter nearly 17 years ago has been rescheduled for April.

Richard Vasquez had been scheduled for lethal injection Jan. 15 for the March 1998 death of Miranda Nicole Lopez. Nueces (nyoo-AY’-sis) County District Attorney Mark Skurka said Monday the state attorney general’s office requested the delay because the governor would be out of the state that day.

A state district judge reset the punishment to April 23.

Vasquez contended the child fell in a bathroom while brushing her teeth and injured her head. Evidence showed she had far more serious injuries.

The 35-year-old Vasquez is among 13 Texas inmates set to die in the next several months, including three later this month.

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