(File) This handout image provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows capital murder defendant Suzanne Basso. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice)
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Texas performed a rare execution of a woman Wednesday, putting to death a prisoner convicted of the brutal murder of a mentally disabled man 15 years ago.Suzanne Basso, 59, was only the 14th woman to be put to death in the United States in more than three decades, after losing a last-ditch appeal to the US Supreme Court. Women rarely executed As of January 1, 2013, the 60 female prisoners on death row accounted for just two percent of the total inmate population awaiting execution in the United State.Women accounted for 10 percent of murder arrests but barely more than two percent of death sentences for first-degree murder.
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