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Texas to Execute Murderer: A Texas woman convicted of murdering her girlfriend's 9-year-old son is scheduled to be executed Wednesday after spending eight years on death row.  Mitch Mitchell of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the young boy had been abused for several years and at the time of his death, he weighed only 35 pounds and had more than 250 scars on his body.  If the execution is carried out as scheduled, 38-year-old Lisa Ann Coleman will become the ninth person executed by the state of Texas this year.

Illinois Man Found Guilty of Killing Teen: A Chicago man has been found guilty of murder in the stabbing death of a 14-year-old girl in 2011.  CBS Chicago reports that John Wilson Jr., who was out on parole at the time of the murder, stabbed the girl multiple times and left her for dead after she discovered him burglarizing her family's home.  Wilson was convicted in 2002 for robbery and sentenced to 11 years behind bars.  He only served eight years of his sentence and was released on parole. 

Death Row Inmate asks for Stay of Execution: A Pennsylvania man convicted of murdering three people and sentenced to death has asked a federal judge for a stay of execution.  Brian Bowling of Trib Live News reports that 34-year-old Miguel Padilla, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, murdered three people at a night club in 2006 after his friend was denied admittance.  Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed Padilla's death certificate earlier this week after he exhausted all of his state appeals.

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