Jun 17, 10:21 AM EDT

Reprieve for Texas man set to die for slaying daughter, 2


HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- A 49-year-old East Texas man set for execution next week for the slaying of his 2-year-old daughter 14 years ago has won a reprieve.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has halted the scheduled Tuesday lethal injection of Robert Roberson III.

Attorneys for Roberson contend he is innocent of capital murder for the February 2002 death of his daughter, Nikki Curtis, and his home in Palestine. Lawyers argue in appeals that his conviction was based on "junk science" and "false, misleading and scientifically invalid testimony." They say new scientific evidence establishes he would not have been convicted.

The child had serious head injuries. Roberson contended she accidentally fell from a bed.

The appeals court has sent his case back to his Anderson County trial court to review the claims.

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