Harvey delivers respite for death row inmate

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A car gets towed while men walk in the flooded waters of Telephone Rd. in Houston, Texas on August 30, 2017. Monster storm Harvey made landfall again Wednesday in Louisiana, evoking painful memories of Hurricane Katrinas deadly strike 12 years ago, as time was running out in Texas to find survivors in the raging floodwaters. Thomas B. Shea/AFP

August 31, 2017
(AFP) - Many people have been killed in the flooding that is crippling Texas, but monster storm Harvey has kept alive at least one inmate whose execution was pushed back for a week.

Juan Castillo was scheduled to die by lethal injection on September 7. But a judge on Wednesday delayed the execution until December 14 in light of the disaster.

Several of the prisoner's lawyers live in the Texas county of Harris, which includes Houston and is now plagued by record-breaking floods.

Because of the natural disaster prosecutors requested the delay, which was granted by Judge Jefferson Moore.

Castillo was convicted of robbing and shooting dead in December 2003 a local rapper named Tommy Garcia.

Texas is the US state that has carried out the largest number of executions in the past 40 years.