Texas Executes Woman for Starvation of Boy, 9

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A Texas woman convicted of the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend's 9-year-old son a decade ago has been executed.

Lisa Coleman, 38, is the ninth convicted killer and second woman to receive a lethal injection in Texas this year. Nationally, she's 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.

She was pronounced dead at 6:24 p.m. CDT, 12 minutes after Texas Department of Criminal officials began administering a lethal dose of pentobarbital. The U.S. Supreme Court earlier Wednesday rejected a last-day appeal.

Coleman was condemned for the death of Davontae Williams, whose emaciated body was found in July 2004 at the North Texas apartment Coleman shared with his mother. He was about half the weight of a normal 9-year-old and had more than 250 injuries, including burns and ligature marks.


— The Associated Press