Pflugerville woman set to die in April loses appeal
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday from a woman scheduled to die over the 1994 slaying of a 3-month-old baby boy.
Cathy Lynn Henderson, 50, had been babysitting the boy in her home. She faces execution April 18 over the death of Brandon Baugh.
His body was found stuffed in a wine cooler carton and buried in a field outside Temple, about 50 miles north of Henderson's Pflugerville-area home.
The discovery came nearly three weeks after the child was first reported missing.
Prosecutors said during the trial that Henderson smashed the child's head with a blunt object while she was watching him and his older sister.
Henderson was arrested in Independence, Mo. She gave several stories before finally saying the boy fell from her arms while she was answering the phone and hit his head on the floor, the FBI said.
The severity of the injuries did not match that story, a medical examiner testified.
Henderson's attorneys claimed authorities improperly forced her lawyer to turn over a map the woman drew pointing to the area where the child was buried.
In another Texas death penalty case, the Supreme Court rejected an appeal from James Lee Clark. He was condemned for the 1993 rape, robbery and fatal shooting of 17-year-old Denton high school student Catherine Crews.
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