Charles Flores was sentenced to death in April 1999 for the January 1998 murder of Elizabeth Black.
On January 25, 2016, the United States Supreme Court rejected Mr. Flores’ appeal and refused to review his case.
On Friday, May 27, Charles Flores’ execution was stayed by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. According to news reports, the Court stayed the execution and sent Mr. Flores’ case back to the trial court for a hearing based on his claim that improper hypnosis was used on the main eyewitness in the murder trial. The Court noted in its opinion that eyewitness misidentification is the leading cause of wrongful convictions across the country.