Texas Executes a Black Woman—The 9th Inmate Execution in 2014

by: Michael Graczyk Associated Press
/ Lisa Ann Coleman (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice) /
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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 (AP) — A Texas woman convicted of the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend’s 9-year-old son a decade ago has been executed.

Thirty-eight-year-old Lisa Coleman is the ninth convicted killer and second woman to receive a lethal injection in Texas this year. She is also the fourth Black inmate executed in Texas this year.  So far this year, Texas has also executed three Hispanics. Nationally, Coleman is 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 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 U.S. Supreme Court earlier in the day rejected a last-minute appeal.

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