A 38-year old woman from Texas, who was convicted of the starvation and torture death of a 9-year-old son of her friend almost a decade ago was on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 executed, according to a report by MSN.
A lethal injection was administered on Lisa Coleman about an hour after a last day appeal was thrown out by the Supreme court of the US. She died 12 minutes after she was administered a lethal dose of pentobarbital.
Coleman was said to have smiled and nodded to friends and an aunt who were watching through a glass, expressing her love and thanking them, she also expressed her love for other women on death row in Texas, telling them to keep their heads up.
“I’m all right,” she said. “Tell them I finished strong. … God is good.”
She gave an audible kiss, laughed, and nodded to those present before the injection took effect.
“Love you all,” was the last words she said before taking her last breath, becoming motionless.
She was convicted for the death of 9-year-old Devontae Williams, whose emaciated body was discovered in July 2004 in an apartment in North Texas which Coleman shared with the mother of the boy, Marcella Williams.
Medics who discovered his body expressed shock over his age as he weighed 36 pounds, almost half the weight of an average 9-year-old.
A pediatrician who later testified, said that the boy had at least 250 distinct injuries, including cigarette burns, scars from ligature, and lack of food had made him to 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.
However Coleman’s attorneys argued that the death was an accident as he may have had mental problems making it difficult for Coleman and Williams to handle him in a positive manner.
Following their 2006 conviction, Williams took a plea bargain, and accepted a life sentence, making the now 33-year old ineligible for parole until 2044.