John Schwartz has this article in the NYT on the hearing prior to the stay.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A state appeals court halted a hearing Thursday that was to determine whether Texas wrongfully executed a man based on faulty arson evidence.
The court granted an emergency stay and ordered District Judge Charlie Baird not to rule on the case. The order gives Innocence Project lawyers seeking to clear Cameron Todd Willingham's name until Oct. 22 to respond.
Text of the order follows the jump. PDF version is here.
In re R. Lowell Thompson
ORIGINAL PROCEEDING FROM TRAVIS COUNTY
O R D E R
Relator's emergency motion for immediate stay is granted. Respondent, the Honorable Charlie Baird, Judge of the 299th District Court of Travis County, Texas, is ordered to make no further orders and take no further action in Cause No. D-1-DC-10-100069, In re: Cameron Todd Willingham, until further order of this Court.
The Real Parties in Interest are ordered to file any further response to Relator's Petition for Writ of Mandamus and Emergency Motion for Immediate Stay by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 22, 2010.
It is so ordered October 14, 2010.
J. Woodfin Jones, Chief Justice
Before Chief Justice Jones, Justices Puryear and Pemberton