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More appeals rejected by Texas criminal court

More appeals rejected by Texas criminal court

POSTED: Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 6:35am

UPDATED: Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 6:35am

Includes man on death row for killing Tyler business owner

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has rejected an appeal from an Arlington woman condemned for the starvation death of a 9-year-old boy who weighed 35 pounds. Jurors at Lisa Coleman's 2006 trial in Tarrant County heard testimony she beat, bound, neglected and starved Davontae Williams.

Coleman shared an apartment with the boy's mother, Marcella Williams, who pleaded guilty to avoid a death sentence and is serving a life prison term. An autopsy determined the child had more than 250 scars on his
body when emergency medical crews in July 2004 responded to a 911 call about a child having breathing difficulties.

Coleman is one of 10 condemned women in Texas. The appeals court yesterday also rejected appeals from:
-- Guy Len Allen, who's condemned for the 2002 slayings of his girlfriend and her daughter in Travis County
-- and Gregory Russeau, who was sent to death row for the robbery-slaying of a 75-year-old man at the victim's auto repair shop in Tyler in 2001.

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