6 Feb 2014

Woman put to death in US

9:08 pm on 6 February 2014

A woman convicted of murder in Texas has been put to death, only the 14th time a female has been executed in the United States in nearly four decades.

Suzanne Basso, who was 59, was pronounced dead 11 minutes after a lethal injection, the BBC reports.

She was found guilty of the 1998 torture and killing of a mentally impaired man she had promised to marry.

Hours earlier, the Supreme Court rejected her lawyer's appeal that she was not mentally competent.

Basso reportedly did not make a final statement and smiled at two friends attending the execution.