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 Frances Elaine <I>McLemore</I> Newton

Frances Elaine McLemore Newton

Harris County, Texas, USA
Death 14 Sep 2005 (aged 40)
Huntsville, Walker County, Texas, USA
Burial Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
Plot Garden of Memories, Plot 891N, Space 4
Memorial ID 11771305 · View Source
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Criminal. On April 7, 1987, she killed her ex-husband, Adrian, and two daughters, Alton and Farrah, with a .25 caliber pistol that belonged to her boyfriend. She was later arrested and tried on 3 counts of murder. During her trial she told the court that she had carried the weapon for protection only, and was innocent in the murders. Several stories ensued around the case including that the three were killed for a $100,000 life insurance policy, and a drug deal that went wrong. She was later convicted and sentenced to die by lethal injection. On December 1, 2004, she was granted a 120 day reprieve by Texas Governor Rick Perry, two hours before her scheduled execution. On August 24, 2005, she was denied a stay of execution, and another on September 9, 2005, by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. After other hearings including one from the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles for consideration of life in prison instead of execution, and one from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, she was executed by lethal injection at Huntsville State Prison in Huntsville, Texas, on September 14, 2005. She was the first African-American woman executed in the State of Texas, since a slave named Lucy was executed there on March 7, 1858.

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  • Created by: Peterborough K
  • Added: 17 Sep 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11771305
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Frances Elaine McLemore Newton (12 Apr 1965–14 Sep 2005), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11771305, citing Paradise North Cemetery, Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Peterborough K (contributor 46537737) .