William Speer, a Texas inmate, was granted a stay of execution just hours before his scheduled lethal injection.
Convicted for killing a fellow prisoner, Speer was spared due to alleged failures in his 2001 trial.
His attorneys argued that evidence of his troubled childhood was not presented. (Trending: Obama’s Ignorant Remarks On Israel)
The stay order cannot be appealed to federal courts, and Speer’s life has been marked by ministry and efforts to bring peace to victims’ families.
“It was shocking. I was just in awe,” Speer said. “I knew that when I went to sleep and woke up that I was going to be waking up to the trumpet sound, and I was going to be hearing holy God lord almighty.”
“We have reviewed the application and find that (Speer’s) execution should be stayed pending further order of this Court,” the appeals court wrote.
“We are relieved that Will Speer will live to see another day so he can continue to spread his message of hope and healing in Texas prisons,” his lawyer Amy Fly stated.
“Will’s life of ministry, and his efforts to offer some measure of peace to his victims’ families, are an inspiration. We are grateful for the thousands of people, including faith leaders and his victims’ survivors, who told the State of Texas that Will’s life was worth saving.”
“If God can change this guy right here, God can change anybody,” Speer said.
His sister unexpectedly passed away following the news of the stay. Speer, who was set to be the first inmate coordinator for a faith-based program, attributes his survival to divine intervention, expressing a message of hope and transformation.