Texas Executes Woman For Starving A 9 Year Old Boy To Death
On Wednesday, September 17, 2014, Texas executed Lisa Ann Coleman for torturing and starving her girlfriend's son to death a decade ago.
Coleman, 38, of Arlington, Texas, was found guilty of capital murder in the death of nine-year-old Davontae Williams, who had been beaten and bound, and whose body bore more than 250 scars when officials discovered him on July 26, 2004.
According to Paramedics who found Davontae's body at the North Texas apartment that Coleman shared with Davontae's mother, Marcella Williams, his emaciated body only 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.
On Wednesday evening, Coleman received a lethal injection 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.
Coleman became the ninth convicted killer and second woman to receive lethal injection in Texas this year. Nationally, she's 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 put to death.
While Coleman went on trial first and received a death sentence — partly because of a prior criminal history — Marcellla Williams (Mother of the victim) reached a plea deal and is serving a life sentence.
In a recent interview, Coleman's original trial attorney said that decision seemed to highlight why capital punishment needs to be reformed.
"She (Marcella) was as culpable in the death of Davontae Williams as my client, and that is what seems unfair," Fred Cummings said.
What a wicked world! Why didn't they just give him up for adoption or send him to an orphanage home. Well, I hope all evildoers learn from this. "Whatever a man soweth that shall he reap."