Texas Woman Convicted Of Starving Young Boy Loses Death Row Appeal

Lisa Coleman

HOUSTON (December 9, 2009)--The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Wednesday upheld the conviction of an Arlington woman sent to women’s death row in Gatesville for the starvation death of a 9-year-old boy who weighed 35 pounds when he died five years ago.

Jurors in the trial of Lisa Ann Coleman, 34, in 2006 in Tarrant County, heard testimony that Coleman beat, bound, neglected and starved Davontae Williams.

Coleman shared an apartment with the boy's mother, Marcella Williams, who subsequently pleaded guilty to avoid a death sentence and is now serving a life prison term.

An autopsy found that the child had more than 250 scars on his body when emergency medical crews in responded to a 911 call about a child with breathing difficulties in July 2004.

Coleman, who’s one of 10 women on Texas death row, raised 21 claims of error from her trial.

The court rejected all of them Wednesday.

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