Coronavirus delays execution for killer who slaughtered family with knife and bat – The Sun

A KILLER husband who murdered his family will have his execution date pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic.

John William Hummel, 44, was scheduled for execution today after being convicted of murdering his pregnant wife, father-in-law and five-year-old daughter using a knife and bat.

But the worldwide viral outbreak has pushed back his date with death by 60 days.

The court said the decision was made "in light of the current health crisis and the enormous resources needed to address the execution."

Michael Mowla, Hummel’s attorney, wrote in last week’s petition to the appeals court: "Gathering all these people in one location presents a substantial risk of transmission of COVID-19/Coronavirus if anyone is infected."

In 2009 Hummel murdered his pregnant wife, Joy, 34, by stabbing her over 30 times and used a baseball bat to bludgeon his father-in-law, Clyde Bedford, 57, and five-year-old daughter, Jodi, to death.

The killer then burned down the family home in Kennedale, Texas.

Prosecutors said he brutally murdered his family so he could romantically pursue a woman he met at a gas station, according to ABC News.

He was convicted of capital murder in 2011 and sentenced to death.

The new execution date has not yet been scheduled.

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