source: The Mirror
published: 20 November 2018
A British grandmother on death row in Texas has moved closer to a possible execution date after the US Supreme Court rejected her latest appeal.
Linda Carty, 60, was sentenced to death in February 2002 after she was convicted of orchestrating the murder of her neighbour Joana Rodriguez, 25, and the kidnap of her victim’s three-day-old son in May 2001. In recent years, both prosecutors and a trial court said that she at least deserved a chance at a lesser punishment.
Carty has always maintained her innocence and has fought her conviction with a number of appeals that have been rejected by the courts.
Her latest appeal – backed by Britain’s government – was denied by the top court in America, which has refused to review her case without explanation.
Carty, born on the Caribbean island of St Kitts when it was under British rule, was found guilty of murder after prosecutors claimed she hired three men to kidnap Ms Rodriguez and her newborn baby.
Carty, who had lived in the Houston area for nearly 20 years at the time of the murder, claims prosecutors withheld evidence and coerced witnesses into giving false evidence at her trial.