A Texas woman is scheduled to be executed today for the starvation death of her girlfriend's son, reports the Texas Tribune. Lisa Ann Coleman, 38, would be the the sixth woman and 517th person to be executed in Texas since 1982, the year the state reinstated the death penalty after a 1976 Supreme Court decision that allowed states to resume capital punishment. She would be the ninth person executed in Texas this year.
Coleman was living with her girlfriend, Marcella Williams, in an Arlington, Tx., apartment complex when paramedics discovered the starved corpse of a 9-year-old boy on July 26, 2004. He had been beaten, bore 250 scars and weighed 35 pounds at the time of his death, about half the typical weight for a child his age. Both Coleman and the boy's mother were charged with capital murder. Williams pleaded guilty in 2006 to avoid facing the death penalty at trial. Child Protective Services records showed Williams and her son had been the subject of at least six child abuse investigations. Coleman attorney John Stickels is appealing her death sentence based on how his client was initially charged.