Texas woman set to die for starvation of child, 9

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Posted: Sep 17, 2014 10:26 AM
Texas woman set to die for starvation of child, 9

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Attorneys for a 38-year-old Texas woman are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block her scheduled execution for the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend's 9-year-old son a decade ago.

Lisa Coleman is set for lethal injection Wednesday evening in Huntsville. She'd be the ninth convicted killer and second woman to be executed in Texas this year. Nationally, she'd be only the 15th woman executed since the Supreme Court in 1976 allowed the death penalty to resume. During that same time, nearly 1,400 men have been executed.

Coleman was condemned for the death of Davontae Williams, whose emaciated body was found in July 2004 in the Arlington apartment Coleman shared with his mother, Marcella Williams.

Coleman's appeal contends she improperly was convicted on a charge that included kidnapping.