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Court Rejects Appeal From British Woman on Texas Death Row

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    A British woman on death row in Texas has lost an appeal.

    The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, which is the state's highest criminal appeals court, ruled Wednesday that a lower court properly rejected Linda Carty's appeal arguing that prosecutors had coerced witnesses and improperly hidden information that could have affected her trial.

    The 59-year-old native of St. Kitts and Nevis had lived in Houston for about 20 years when she was convicted of capital murder in the May 2001 death of a 20-year-old neighbor, Joana Rodriguez.

    Prosecutors say Carty recruited three men to abduct Rodriguez and her newborn and hoped to save her relationship with her common-law husband by passing off the infant as her own.

    Vacationers Help Girl With CP Experience Beach

    [DFW] Beachgoers Carry Girl With Cerebral Palsy Onto Sand

    At the end of July, a wedding at the Don CeSar brought Justin Johnson and Renal Roberts to St. Pete Beach, and while they were relaxing after a game of beach volleyball, they noticed a woman struggling to push a wheelchair on the sand.

    They immediately offered to help the girl, who had cerebral palsy, and carried her to a blanket near the water so should could fully enjoy the beach day.

    "They were shocked. They were very surprised," said Justin Johnson, one of the men who helped carry the girl.

    Unfortunately, the group of friends never learned the names of the girl or her mother.

    Now, they're searching for the family to help them get a better wheelchair for future beach trips.

    (Published Monday, Aug. 6, 2018)

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