Will Casey Anthony of Orlando face the death penalty if convicted of killing her daughter, Caylee? It’s not statistically likely, says the Orlando Sentinel Only one of 392 current death-row inmates in the state is a woman. Only 16 have been singled out to be executed in 82 years; the lives of 13 were spared when the sentences were vacated or commuted to life.
Death-penalty expert Victor Streib said there are few women on death row across the U.S. because only about one in 10 murders is committed by a woman. Those killings usually don’t rise to the level of death-penalty cases – ones considered especially heinous, ones committed by violent habitual offenders or those committed during another crime, said Streib, a law professor at Ohio Northern University. Society sees women as the “source of life,” Streib said, and there is a general urge to protect them. Juries could be biased, finding it harder to condemn a woman to death than a man. Florida executed Judy “The Black Widow” Buenoano in 1998 and Aileen Wuornos in 2002.