Lisa Coleman

Lisa Coleman

**Trigger Warnings: Child abuse and violence**

Lisa Ann Coleman, a 38-year-old Texas woman who has been on death row for eight years following the 2004 death of her girlfriend’s son, will be executed today. Coleman was found guilty of capital murder in the death of nine-year-old Davontae Williams, who had been beaten and bound, reports the Daily Mail. His cause of death was malnutrition (he weighed 35 pounds at the time of his death).

It was reported to the paramedics on July 26, 2004 that Davontae was having trouble breathing. When they arrived, the child was dressed in nothing but bandages and a diaper — his body, covered in more than 250 scars. He had been dead for several hours.

Coleman’s girlfriend, Marcella Williams, was also charged with capital murder. She is currently serving a life sentence after reaching a plea deal. Since giving birth to Davontae at age 14, Williams had been investigated by Child Protective Services seven times. In 2002, they lost track of the family.

Marcella Williams

Marcella Williams

Despite reports that the child was restrained and isolated (Coleman was also charged with kidnapping), four witnesses in the couple’s apartment complex have testified to seeing Davontae around the neighborhood and happy just days before his death.

Coleman’s attorney has argued that her sexual orientation has played a role in the state choosing to seek the death penalty. “What she’s really guilty of is being a Black lesbian,” he said.

A Change.org petition was launched to stop her execution. It garnered a little over one thousand signatures.

6 Responses

  1. Tria

    If all a child knows, is abuse, it is their ‘normal’. The neighborhood watch, apparently, isn’t much better, if they believe, at the age of 9, 35lbs is healthy, wearing diapers, and constant bruises, are ‘normal’.
    That entire neighborhood, needs to be abolished.

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  3. msdeidei

    Anyone….man or woman…no matter what their sexual orientation deserves to be punished for life. At times i am for the death penalty and this case should be one…but i feel she got off by being killed 8 years later. She should suffer in mental torment like the mother of the child for the rest of thier natural life….and not in this plush prisons with cable tc, internet…should be sentenced to hard labor for life and a photo of the incident child that they abused, tortured….it just makes me sick to my stomach. I have chosen children and just lets me know what kind of people live in this world. Mothers protect your children…if you dont want them give them up to a family who cant have children. May the nine year old rest in peace…he is with hus Father amd will suffer no more.

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  4. Z Amara

    I’m not a supporter of the death penalty, however, in this case I may make an exception. This woman isn’t guilty of being a black lesbian. She is guilty of abusing, neglecting and ultimately killing a child. A 9-year-old child that weighed 35 pounds and was covered with 250 scars at death is not proof of a happy well-adjusted child nevermind that he died so cruelly. I’m disgusted that her sexual orientation would even be used as a defense. Gtfoh. I will not be signing the petition. That’s all.

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