Texas is set to carry out its second execution of 2014, Wednesday night in Huntsville. It would be the 510th post-Furman Texas execution since 1982. Texas is responsible for more than 37% of the nation's post-Furman executions.
"Woman facing execution in Texas," is by Michael Graczyk of AP. It's via the San Francisco Chronicle.
On Wednesday, Suzanne Basso, 59, is scheduled to be put to death for the 1998 slaying of 59-year-old Louis "Buddy" Musso.
Executions of women are rare. Basso would be only the 14th woman executed in the U.S. and the fifth in Texas since the Supreme Court in 1976 allowed the death penalty to resume. Since then, nearly 1,400 male inmates have been put to death nationwide, 505 of them in Texas.
Basso's lawyer argued that she is not mentally competent enough to face execution because she suffers from delusions, and that the state statute governing competency was unconstitutionally flawed. He also challenged the legality of a medical examiner's testimony.
There have been six executions by American death penalty states this year; a total of 1,365 post-Furman executions since 1977.
According to TDCJ, Texas state district courts have already set seven additional execution dates.