Texas Executes Woman for 1998 Torture Killing

Suzanne Basso, 59, was put to death for the 1998 slaying of a mentally-impaired man.
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Suzanne bass so would be the fifth woman executed in Texas since 1982. And the fourteenth nationwide since 1976. The now 59 year old inmate was convicted of capital murder in the 1998. Torture and beating death. Of a mentally disabled man named -- -- also known as buddy he was 59 at the time of his death but had the cognitive ability of a seven year old. -- -- attorney Winston Cochran appeal to the Supreme Court and says it is her mental capacity but should spare her life tonight. You have to have. A level of confidence to not only understand you are going to be executed with the reason. For it. With an IQ of 55 lower than a score of 82 earlier in her lifetime and a diagnosis of multiple mental illnesses. Cochran says paso is not fit for execution his appeal says the statute that puts the burden on her to prove her mental capacity. Is unconstitutional. We're challenging the making the mentally ill person -- by a preponderance. That she's incompetent. The motive for the murder prosecutors say was money from -- muscles life insurance policy. Prosecutors say -- lured him -- Texas from New Jersey by promising to marry him. She was convicted of leading five other people in the kidnapping and murder of the victim. Who had cigarette burns fractured ribs and a fractured skull. Prosecutors say he died after a beating with bats belts and even steel toed boots his body was unrecognizable. When discovered in a ditch. Her lawyer says he questions the validity of her conviction here's the cold hard truth. There's no evidence. That she personally kill this man.

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