'Vampire Killer' Who Drank Blood of 12-Year-Old Boy Scheduled for Execution Wednesday
04/06/2016 AT 04:40 PM EDT
In newly filed papers, the lawyer for 38-year-old Pablo Lucio Vasquez, known as the "Vampire Killer," is petitioning the United States Supreme Court seeking a reprieve for his client.
The stay of execution would permit the justices enough time to review Vasquez's capital murder trial. Vasquez's lawyer is asking the court to look at whether some potential jurors who opposed the death penalty or were reluctant to apply it were improperly excused from his trial, according to online records.
Attorneys for the state claim there was nothing illegal or improper about the exclusion of potential jurors, and accused Vasquez's lawyer of attempting to delay the inevitable.
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Vasquez, who was scheduled to receive a lethal injection before the end of today, allegedly told investigators voices in his head convinced him to beat to death seventh-grader David Cardenas with a pipe.
Vasquez told police he then cut the child's throat and drank his blood.
The killing in the small Texan town of Donna happened on April 18, 1998, and days later, police recovered Cardenas's mutilated remains.
At press time, it was unclear whether Vasquez's execution would be stopped or proceed as planned.