A Texas woman was executed Wednesday evening for her role in the torture and starvation death of her girlfriend’s 9-year-old son.
Lisa Ann Coleman, 38, died at 6:24 p.m. CT, 12 minutes after being injected with a lethal dose of pentobarbital.
Before the drug was administered, Coleman said goodbye to several friends and “the girls on the Row.” There was a slight gasp and her eyes closed. Her death appeared to be calm and peaceful, in contrast with some other recent lethal injection executions in the U.S.
The U.S. Supreme Court denied her final appeal less than two hours before her sentence was to be carried out.
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.
Coleman, who was convicted in 2006 of kidnapping and starving to death Davontae Williams, spent Wednesday afternoon in a holding cell inside the Huntsville Unit of the Texas State Penitentiary. She was to be offered a final meal of either chicken or pork. She spent the morning talking with visitors, occasionally crying, and at other times laughing, according to prison officials.
Coleman was 28 when police and paramedics arrived at the Arlington apartment she shared with her girlfriend, Marcella Williams, in July 2004.
SOURCE: Todd Unger
WFAA-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth