Execution Date Set For Texas Women’s Death Row Inmate

Suzanne Basso (Texas prison photo)

HOUSTON (July 24, 2013)--State District Judge Mary Lou Keel has set a Feb. 5, 2014 execution date for Suzanne Basso, 59, who's held on women's death row in Gatesville.

Basso was convicted of capital murder in the death in 1998 of Louis Musso, 59, a mentally impaired man in Harris County who was beaten with belts, baseball bats and hands and kicked with steel-toed boots.

He was also bathed in a solution of beach and pine cleaner and scrubbed with a wire brush.

His body was unrecognizable after the attack, authorities said.

Basso led the group of six attackers, records show.

The motive for the murder was an insurance policy in which she was named the beneficiary.

Evidence showed she had promised to marry Musso, convincing him to leave family and friends in New Jersey and moving to Texas.