Woman set to be executed in Texas

2014-02-05 18:52
Suzanne Basso is scheduled to die for the torture slaying of Louis “Buddy” Musso, a mentally impaired man near Houston more than 15 years ago. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice)

Suzanne Basso is scheduled to die for the torture slaying of Louis “Buddy” Musso, a mentally impaired man near Houston more than 15 years ago. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice)

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Huntsville - A woman is scheduled to be executed in Texas for the torture slaying of a mentally impaired man she lured to the state with the promise of marriage before siphoning his benefits and money.

If 59-year-old Suzanne Basso is lethally injected as scheduled Wednesday, she would be only the 14th woman executed in the US since the Supreme Court allowed the death penalty to resume in 1976. By comparison, almost 1 400 men have been put to death.

Texas has executed four women and 505 men.

Basso was convicted in the 1998 slaying of 59-year-old Louis "Buddy" Musso. His beaten body was found in a ditch outside Houston.

Basso's attorney lost an appeal on Tuesday at a federal appeals court.

An appeal to the US Supreme Court is still possible.

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