A Texas woman who abused and starved her girlfriend’s young son to death is set to be executed 10 years after the boy’s death. In 2006, 38-year-old Lisa Ann Coleman of Arlington was found guilty of capital murder in the death of 9-year-old Davontae Williams.

Police said he had been beaten badly for years and said the boy had over 250 scars covering his body. Though 9 years old, he weighed just 35 pounds at the time of his death in July of 2004.

Coleman’s girlfriend, Marcelle Williams, was also charged with capital murder in her son’s death and is serving life in prison after reaching a plea deal that spared her the death penalty

Lisa Ann Coleman.

The boy was determined to have died from malnutrition. Prosecutors also put some of the blame on Child Protective Services who investigated Williams starting in 1995 when she gave birth to Davontae at just 14 years old. CPS says they “lost track of the family” in 2002.

Coleman’s attorney, John Stickels, filed a clemency application in August claiming that his client is being unfairly punished because of her race and sexual orientation. That application was denied. “What she’s really guilty of is being a black lesbian,” Stickels claimed. “If she is executed, it will be because of her sexual orientation. Her sexual orientation played a role in the state choosing to seek the death penalty and in her getting the death penalty.”

Coleman will be the sixth woman executed in the state of Texas since 1982 and the ninth person to be executed in the state this year.

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