May 3rd, 2010
12:59 PM ET

Justices deny appeal of woman on Texas death row

A British woman on death row in Texas, convicted of murdering a young mother, had her latest appeal turned aside by the Supreme Court.

State corrections officials can now proceed with setting an execution date, but there is no indication when that will happen. The justices without comment on Monday refused to review her case.

Linda Carty, 52, has made a public plea to British citizens, asking them and human rights groups to intervene and win her clemency.

Carty, a grandmother and onetime teacher, is from the West Indies nation of St. Kitts, a former British colony. She moved to Texas when she was 23.

She was convicted of taking part in the May 2001 murder of Joana Rodriguez, a 25-year-old Houston-area woman. According to the trial record, Rodriguez and her 4-day-old son were abducted by men demanding drugs and cash. Two other people inside the home were beaten and tied up.

The young mother was hog-tied with duct tape, a bag was taped over her head, and she was placed in the trunk of a car. Police said Rodriguez died from suffocation, while her son survived.

Prosecutors persuaded a jury that Carty had hired the three men to kidnap Rodriguez, so she could steal her baby because she was no longer able to get pregnant. Evidence was presented to show Carty tried to masquerade as a new mother in order to rebuild her relationship with a boyfriend.

She was sentenced to death in February 2002. She is now one of 10 female prisoners on a special death row at the Mountain View prison in Gatesville, Texas.

Carty asserts her innocence, and her appellate legal team claims her original trial was "catastrophically flawed." Among the allegations filed in various appeals are that her court-appointed lawyer was incompetent and failed to meet Carty until immediately before the trial, failed to spot flaws and inconsistencies in the prosecution's case, failed to interview witnesses and did not look at key mitigating evidence.

soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Earthling

    Every guilty person who had anything to do with that young mother losing her life should hang. That is just evil. Pure evil just like manson. U know the victim begged for her life. Shame on the old woman for her part & may she rot in hell.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. VaderZan

    Right On!!!! She should be forced to beg for her life just as long as the young mother did, then execute her anyway.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. femmefee

    But you don't know that she actually did it. . .
    What if she did not and they are murdering an innocent woman?

    May 3, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. T

    This woman's trial was completely flawed. If she's guilty fine, but at least let real evidence be heard. Texas also violated the treaty in which they were supposed to have informed the British Consulate that she had been charged with murder. Texas is so bloodthirsty that they did not. We should all be concerned about the low-down, underhanded, ignorant tactics that Texas engages in to hand down the death penalty. This is one of the most horrendous miscarriages of justice that I have ever heard of. Not EVERYONE on death row are innocent and all of us should be concerned when evidence is presented that would help prove innocence but is ignored. It could be one of you or someone in your own family who's actually innocent. Would you want your loved one to be put to death for a crime that he or she may not have actually committed? Wouldn't you at least want your loved one to have a fair trial. This is completely disturbing.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Timothy

    Get the rope.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. T

    ..typo, everyone on death row is not guilty

    May 3, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mike in Florida

    You fools. She may be innocent. If she is, then it's YOU committing murder...

    May 3, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sanitarytowel

    please get rid of the death pently it could be a misscarage of justice

    May 3, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Val

    Everyone who is on death row says they didn't do it. Every single person in association with this crime deserves to die. Not guilty eh?? BS!!

    May 3, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. rick

    She should have never put herself in a situation like this to begin with. There must be some real evidence against her or she wouldn't be here.

    May 3, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Texas Citizen

    Ok she did it, i'm all for executing her, however why is it this case has already been heard by the supreme court, and the crime was committed in 2001 and she was convicted in 2002. Her appeals have been heard! Stop wasting mine and your tax money and carry out her sentence!!! Also on a side note, what makes this case special? Darlie Routier murdered her own kids back in 1996 yet she is STILL sitting on death row to this day. I know there can be errors in cases, they are handled by HUMANS so its only to be expected, but when someone has been tried and convicted by a jury of their peers, and exhausted their appeals available to them, why are they still sitting alive in a prison, costing tax payers hundreds of dollars a day? The system is flawed yes, but only in the sense that it gives too many rights to the people who commit the crimes and not enough to the victims of these horrible crimes.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. billy

    Every Criminal says they are innocent, every criminal says that they did not get a good enough attorney to get them off of the crimes they commit, every criminal blames "the SYSTEM" for their Failure to commit a crime and get away with it, HANG this evil witch and get on with the next one. IN fact The current legal system allows these criminals to spend hundreds of thousands of tax payer money to retry themselves, appeal their guilt, etc etc, when in fact once convicted they should be dragged out into the street and shot in the head. END THE USELESS appeals process and execute faster please, line them up and do it fast and quick.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |

    Studies have shown without a doubt that 100% of all murders who were executed, never committed the crime again.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dimitri

    death by firing squad.


    Nice. i laughed a bit on that one

    May 3, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Lou

    Killing people is wrong. full stop. Whether she did it or not, it's unbelievable that you all feel she should die too. She should be punished but not murdered. The death penalty needs to go. The states that allow it make murderers of themselves.

    May 3, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
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