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Texas executes Woman For 1998 Murder Of Mentally-Impaired Man

The State of Texas executed a woman last night. It's only the fourteenth time a female prisoner has been executed in the United States since the U.S. Supreme Court allowed the death penalty to resume in 1976.


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59-year-old Suzanne Basso was accused of luring a mentally disabled man from New Jersey to Texas with a promise of marriage, and then leading a group of people who tortured and killed him. Her lawyer Winston Cochran tried to get the Supreme Court to stop the execution, saying Basso was not mentally competent to be executed.

“You have to consider mental health, delusional thinking. She’s been diagnosed with six different mental health disorders at various times in her life.”

But the argument wasn’t enough to save her from death in the busiest execution chamber in country. Texas has executed 510 people since the death penalty resumed in the 1970s.

Basso was the fifth woman.

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