Quintin Jones, 41, who was sentenced to death in 2001 for the 1999 murder of his great-aunt was scheduled for execution on Wednesday.

The execution was scheduled as Catholics in the locality asked the governor of Texas to halt it.

Jones was convicted for the murder of his 83 year-old great aunt Berthenia Bryant.

Jones beat Bryant to death with a baseball bat while he was high on heroin and cocaine, and stole $30 from her to buy drugs.

He had struggled with drug addiction at the time of the murder.

Bryant’s sister has said that she has forgiven Jones, and does not wish to see him executed.

Likewise, Jones’ twin brother has also forgiven him. Bryant’s family has asked for Jones’ sentence to be commuted to life in prison.

The group Catholic Mobilizing Network, which opposes the death penalty, asked for Catholics to contact Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and ask him to halt Jones’ execution with a 30-day reprieve.

Abbott, a Catholic, signed a bill earlier that banned most abortions in the state after the detection of a fetal heartbeat.

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