Death row inmate granted stay

HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- A federal district court judge late Thursday granted a stay of execution to convicted murderer Nelson Wayne Mooney a few hours before the former construction worker was scheduled to die for the 1984 slaying of a Houston man.

Judge Robert Parker of Tyler granted the stay after Texas Resource Center attorneys late Thursday filed a motion for a stay and appointment of counsel, and filed a writ of habeas corpus, said spokeswoman Eden Harrington.


The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals earlier Thursday denied the appeal.

Mooney, 38, was sentenced to die by lethal injection for the Aug. 18, 1984, shooting and robbery of Raymond Garner, 63.

An employee of Bilbo Freight Lines of Houston, Garner's body was found floating in the water at Dayton Lakes Estates. His body was covered by a blanket with a tire attached.

Mooney and co-defendant Ross Wayne Nix were arrested in Grand Junction, Colo., after attempting to rob a convenience store. They were driving Garner's van, which had been repainted and had its license plates changed.

Nix told police he and Mooney abducted Garner, drove him to an isolated location and robbed him of $100 to $150 in cash that he was carrying. Nix said he was not present when Garner was killed.


Nix, 28, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

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