Appeal Of Texas Women’s Death Row Inmate Rejected

Lisa Coleman (Texas prison photo)

HOUSTON (February 24, 2014) The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to review an appeal from Texas women’s death row inmate Lisa Ann Coleman, 38, who was convicted in the starvation death of a 9-year-old boy a decade ago.

A Tarrant County jury in 2006 convicted the Arlington woman of capital murder and decided she should die for the death of Davontae Williams.

She's been held on women's death row in Gatesville since June 2006.

Justices rejected the appeal Monday with no comment.

Coleman shared an apartment with the boy's mother, Marcella Williams, who took a plea deal to avoid the death penalty and is serving a life prison term.

Evidence showed Coleman beat, bound, neglected and starved the boy, who weighed 35 pounds when he died.

An autopsy showed he had more than 250 scars.

An execution date has not yet been set for Coleman.

Supreme Court justices Monday also refused Monday to review the case of Anthony Doyle, who’s scheduled to die on March 27 in Huntsville for the 2003 beating death and robbery of Hyun Mi Cho, 37.

She was delivering a doughnut and burrito order to a house in Rowlett when she was killed.

Her body was found in a trash can behind the house.

Doyle was 18 at the time and on probation for theft.

He also had a juvenile record.

Doyle told police he intended to rob the woman and struck her with a baseball bat when she told him she had no money.

Evidence showed he took her car and used her credit cards.