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Texas woman set to be executed for Arlington crime

MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press

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.  

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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