Woman on death row in Texas convicted of murder, trying to steal baby loses her appeal

Court rejects appeal from British woman on Texas death row

By MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press
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HOUSTON - A British woman on death row in Texas has lost an appeal.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, which is the state's highest criminal appeals court, ruled Wednesday that a lower court properly rejected Linda Carty's appeal arguing that prosecutors had coerced witnesses and improperly hidden information that could have affected her trial.

The 59-year-old native of St. Kitts and Nevis had lived in Houston for about 20 years when she was convicted of capital murder in the May 2001 death of a 20-year-old neighbor, Joana Rodriguez.

Prosecutors say Carty recruited three men to abduct Rodriguez and her newborn and hoped to save her relationship with her common-law husband by passing off the infant as her own.

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