In Texas, a woman convicted of torturing and killing a mentally impaired man she lured to Texas with the promise of marriage, was executed Wednesday evening. The execution marked a rare application of the death penalty for a female prisoner since it's re-implementation via a Supreme Court ruling in 1976.
Suzanne Basso, 59, was put to death with a lethal dose of pentobarbital, and was pronounced dead at 6:26 p.m. CST. Her death came 11 minutes after the drug was administered, according to Fox News on Feb. 6.
Basso, a New York native, became the 14th woman executed in the U.S. since the Supreme Court decision in the 1970s allowed individual states to resume capital punishment. Nearly 1,400 men have been put to death during since that ruling.
Basso was sentenced to death for the 1998 slaying of 59-year-old Louis "Buddy" Musso, whose battered body washed ashore in a ditch outside Houston.
Autopsy results showed Musso had multiple broken bones, including a skull fracture and 14 broken ribs. His back was also scarred with cigarette burns and bruises.
Basso became the prime suspect after reporting Musso missing. Following the discovery of his body, five others also were convicted, including Basso's son. However, prosecutors only sought the death penalty for Basso.
"Suzanne ran the show for sure....She was the one in charge. She directed them. She wanted the money," said Colleen Barnett, the former Harris County assistant district attorney who prosecuted Basso. "She's a heinous killer."
Attorneys tried in vain to save Basso's life, claiming she was mentally impaired. However, she acknowledged lying about being a triplet, that she worked in the New York governor's office and having a relationship with Nelson Rockefeller.
"I saw her for who she was," Barnett said, adding, "I was determined I was not going to let her get away with it."
Basso uttered "No sir," when asked by a warden to make a final statement. The woman was described by witnesses to be holding back tears.
Basso then smiled at two friends watching through a window, and mouthed a brief word to them and nodded.
Her detailed death by reporters present was that she began to snore. Her deep snoring became less audible and eventually stopped.
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