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Woman who brutally murdered disabled man faces execution in Texas

Published on Feb 5, 2014 1:39 PM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A woman convicted of the brutal murder of a mentally disabled man is poised to become only the 14th female to be executed in the United States since 1976 on Wednesday when she faces death by lethal injection in Texas.

Barring a successful last-ditch appeal, Suzanne Basso, 59, will be executed by lethal injection at 6pm local time (8am Thursday Singapore time) at Huntsville Prison in Texas.

The wheelchair-bound killer, who weighed 160kg at the time of her arrest in September 1999, was sentenced to die for the horrific killing of Louis "Buddy" Musso" in 1998, whom she killed in an attempt to benefit from his life insurance.

Mr Musso was burned with cigarettes and beaten with belts, baseball bats and hobnailed boots by Basso and five others. His body, bloodied and battered beyond recognition, was found dumped in a roadside ditch in Houston in August 1998, according to court documents.

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