*On Wednesday in Texas, a woman was executed for the starvation of her girlfriends 9-year-old son a decade ago.
Lisa Coleman, 38, died by lethal injection one hour after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-day appeal to spare her. 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.
She was the second woman and ninth convicted killer to receive lethal injection in Texas this year.
As Coleman awaited death, she smiled and nodded to several friends and an aunt who watched through a window, thanking them, expressing her love and urging them to “keep their heads up.”
“I’m all right,” she said. “Tell them I finished strong. … God is good.”
She mouthed an audible kiss, laughed and nodded to her witnesses in the seconds before the lethal drug took effect.
“Love you all,” she said just before closing her eyes and taking a couple of short breaths. Then there was no further movement.
Coleman was imprisoned for the death of Davontae Williams. The boy’s emaciated body was found in July 2004 at the apartment that he shared with his mother, Marcella Williams, in North Texas.
When he was found by paramedics he weighed 36 pounds, about half that of a normal 9-year-old. A pediatrician later would testify that he had more than 250 distinct injuries, including burns from cigarettes or cigars and scars from ligatures, and that a lack of food made him stop growing.
“There was not an inch on his body that not been bruised or scarred or injured,” said Dixie Bersano, one of Coleman’s trial prosecutors.
The trial attorney’s for Coleman said the boy’s death was an accident, and claimed he had mental health issues that may have given his mother and Coleman difficult “dealing with him in a positive manner.”
Coleman was convicted by a Tarrant County jury in 2006 and was sent to death row, but Williams accepted a plea deal and took life in prison as a result. She won’t be eligible for parole until 2044.
Coleman’s lawyer, John Stickels, tried to convince the court that the punishment the child received, his hands were tied with clothesline at various times, was “mostly a misguided means of discipline” used by both women. He argued, also unsuccessfully, that an aggravated factor of kidnapping, which made the charge against Coleman a capital murder case, was incorrect, and that the jury’s conviction on that charge also incorrect.
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