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Texas court: More review for British woman on death row

February 25, 2015

HOUSTON (AP) — The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals is sending an appeal from a 56-year-old British grandmother on Texas death row back to her trial court in Houston for additional review.

Attorneys for 56-year-old Linda Carty contend prosecutors coerced witnesses into giving false testimony at the trial where she was convicted and condemned for the 2001 slaying of her neighbor, Joana Rodriguez, and the abduction of Rodriguez’s 4-day-old son.

Their appeal also argues prosecutors arranged for a deal with a co-defendant that wasn’t disclosed to defense lawyers and that four jurors now say they either would have acquitted Carty or not given her a death sentence.

The Harris County prosecutor’s office said Wednesday it’s investigating the claims.

Carty, from the British Virgin Islands, had lived in Houston for nearly 20 years.

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