published: 3 September 2016
A British woman sentenced to death in 2002 will not get a retrial, a Texas judge has ruled.
Linda Carty was convicted of the kidnapping and murder of her neighbour, Joana Rodriguez, more than a decade ago, but maintains her innocence.
Carty, who was a former informant for the Drug Enforcement Agency, was found to have orchestrated the kidnapping with three men, and was convicted under the Texas ‘law of parties’, a rule which states that a person is criminally liable if they ‘solicit, encourage, direct, aid, or attempt to aid the other person to commit the offence.’
Carty appealed her conviction this week. Her lawyers argued that their client was denied due process when prosecutors failed to disclose false witness testimony which depicted Carty as the mastermind of the kidnapping.