Texas woman set for execution for starvation, torture death of girlfriend's 9-year-old son

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This undated handout photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Lisa Ann Coleman. On Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, Coleman is set for execution for the 9-year-old Davontae Williams' starvation death 10 years ago. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice)


HUNTSVILLE, Texas — 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.

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