The Court of Criminal Appeals refused to order Henderson to reinstate the order because he had recused himself from the case. Prosecutors then successfully asked the Court of Criminal Appeals to order the region's presiding judge, John Ovard, to reinstate the death warrant.Last Sept 25, Keller refused to work late to accept an appeal from the defense lawyers of Michael Richard, who was executed later that night.
According to Hood's lawyers, Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Sharon Keller then contacted Ovard, urging him to reinstate the order allowing the execution to go forward, which he did.
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