Published Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 | 3:12 p.m.
Updated Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 | 3:13 p.m.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to stop the scheduled execution of a woman convicted of torturing and killing a mentally impaired man she lured to Texas with the promise of marriage.
The lethal injection of 59-year-old Suzanne Basso is a rare case of a female being put to death in the United States.
Basso's attorney argued she was mentally incompetent for execution and that Texas statute covering competency was unconstitutional.
The justices rejected the appeal about an hour before Basso could be taken to the Texas death chamber for the 1998 slaying of 59-year-old Louis "Buddy" Musso.
She would be only the 14th woman executed in the U.S. since the Supreme Court allowed capital punishment to resume in 1976. Almost 1,400 men have been put to death during that time.