Death Penalty

Women Executed in America

As of December 31, 2012 there were 61 women on death row. This constitutes 1.93% of the total death row population of 3,146 persons. (NAACP Legal Defense Fund).

In the past 100 years, over 40 women have been executed in the U.S, including 12 since 1976. See, Women Executed in the U.S. Since 1900 for the date, state, race, and method of each execution.

Much of this information is taken from “Death Penalty For Female Offenders, January 1973 through December 31, 2012 [PDF]” by Victor L. Streib, Professor of Law at Ohio Northern University College of Law, with periodic annotations by DPIC (Please see the full-text of the report for more details.)

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List Of Women On Death Row

ALABAMA

(last execution of female by Alabama on 5-10-2002; 4 female offenders now on Alabama’s death row)

Blackmon, Patricia: Black; age 29 at crime and now age 39 (DOB 11-3-1969); murder of black female
age 2 (her adopted daughter) in Dothan in May 1999; sentenced on 6-7-2002.

Gobble, Tierra Capri: White; age 21 at crime and now age 26 (DOB: 4-18-1983); murder of white male age 4 months (her son) in Dothan on 12-15-2004; sentenced on 10-26-2005.

Johnson, Shonda Nicole (aka: Richards): White; age 28 at crime and now age 41 (DOB: 9-30-1969);
murder of white male age 29 (1 of her 3 husbands) in Jasper (Walker County) on 11-30-1997; sentenced on 10-22-1999.

Scott, Christie Michelle: White; age 30 at crime and now age 32 (DOB: 8-10-1978); arson and murder
of white male age 6 (her son) in Russellville (Franklin County) on 9-16-2008; jury recommended life
sentence on 7-11-2009, but judge sentenced her to death in early August 2009.

ARIZONA
(last execution of female by Arizona on 2-21-1930; 3 female offenders now on Arizona’s death row)
Andriano, Wendi: White; age 30 at crime and now age 38 (DOB: 8-6-1970); murder of white (?) male
age 33 (her husband) in Mesa on 10-8-2000; sentenced on 12-22-2004.

Forde, Shawna: White; age 41 at crime and now age 44 (DOB: 12-6-1967); murder of Latino male age
29 and Latina female age 9 in Arivaca (Pima County) on 5-30-2009; sentenced on 2- 23-2011.

Milke, Debra Jean: White; age 25 at crime and now age 45 (DOB: 3-10-1964); murder of white male
age 4 (her son) in Maricopa County on 12-2-1989; sentenced on 1-18-1991.

CALIFORNIA
(last execution of female by California on 8-8-1962; 20 female offenders now on California’s death row)
Alfaro, Maria del Rosio [aka Rosie]: Latin; age 18 at crime and now age 37 (DOB: 10-12-1971);
burglary, robbery and murder of white female age 9 in Anaheim on 6-15-1990; sentenced 7-14-1992.

Buenrostro, Dora Luz: Latin; age 34 at crime and now age 49; murder of Latin females ages 4 and 9
and Latin male age 8 (her children) in San Jacinto on 10-25-1994 and 10-27-1994; sentenced on
10-2-1998.

Caro, Socorro: Latin; age 42 at crime and now age 52 (DOB: 3-27-1957); murder of Latin males ages
5, 8, and 11 (her children) in Santa Rosa Valley (Ventura County) on 11-22-1999; sentenced on
4-5-2002.

Carrington, Celeste Simone: Black; age 30 at crimes and now age 47 murders (during burglaries) of
Latin male age 34 on 1-26-1992 in San Carlos and of white female age 36 in Palo Alto on 3-11-1992;
sentenced on 11-23-1994.

Coffman, Cynthia Lynn: White; age 24 at crime and now age 47 (DOB 1-19-1962); murder of white
female age 20 in San Bernardino County on 11-7-1986; sentenced on 8-31-1989.

Dalton, Kerry Lyn: White; age 28 at crime and now age 49; murder of white female age 23 in Live
Oak Springs on 6-26-1988; sentenced on 5-23-1995.

Eubanks, Susan: White; age 33 at crime and now age 46; murder of four white males ages 4, 6, 7,
and 14 (her children) in San Marcos (San Diego County) on 10-27-1996; sentenced on 10-13-1999.

Gonzalez, Veronica: Latin; age 26 at crime and now age 40; murder of Latin female age 4 (her niece)
in San Diego on 7-21-1995; sentenced on 7-20-1998.

Martin, Valerie Dee: White; age 35 at crime and now age 45 (DOB 9-13-1967); murder of white male
age 61 (her boyfriend) in Lancaster (Los Angeles County) on 3-28-2003; sentenced on 3- 26-2010.

McDermott, Maureen: White; age 37 at crime and now age 62 (DOB 5-15-1947); murder of white male
age 27 in Van Nuys (Los Angeles County) on 4-28-1985; sentenced on 6-8-1990.

Michaud, Michelle Lyn: White; age 38 at crime and now age 48; kidnapping, sexual assault, and
murder of white female age 22 in Pleasanton (Alameda County) on 12-2-1997; sentenced on
9-25-2002.

Nelson, Tanya Jaime: Asian; age 46 at crime and now age 52; murder of Asian female age 23 and
Asian female 52 in Westminster (Orange County) on 4-21-2005; sentenced on 3-26-2010.

Nieves, Sandi Dawn: White; age 34 at crime and now age 45; murder of four Latin females ages
5, 7, 11 and 12 (her children) in Saugus (north of Los Angeles) on 6-30-1998; sentenced on
10-6-2000.

Rodriguez, Angelina: Latin; age 32 at crime and now age 41; murder of Latin male age 41 (her
husband) in Montebello (Los Angeles County) on 9-9-2000; sentenced on 1-12-2004.

Rottiers, Brooke Marie: White; age 26 at crime and now age 31; murder of Latino male age 22 and
Latino male age 28 in Corona (Riverside County) on 8-28-2006; sentenced on 10-22-2010.

Samuels, Mary Ellen: White; age 40 at crimes and now age 61; murder (she hired killer) of white male
age 40 (her husband) on 12-8-1988 in Northridge (Los Angeles County) and of white male age 27 (her
husband’s killer) in Ventura County on 6-27-1989; sentenced on 9-16-1994.

Sarinana, Cathy Lynn: White; age 30 at crime and now age 35; murder of Latin male age 13 (her
nephew) in Riverside on 12-25-2005; sentenced on 6-26-2009.

Snyder, Janeen Marie: White; age 21 at crime and now age 29; murder of white female age 16 in
Rubidoux (Riverside County) on April 17, 2001; sentenced on September 7, 2006.

Thompson, Catherine: Black; age 42 at crime and now age 61; murder (she hired killer) of black male
(her husband) in Westwood (Los Angeles County) on 6-14-1990; sentenced on 6-10-1993.

Williams, Manling Tsang: Asian; age 28 at crime and now age 33 (DOB ?-?-1979); murder white male age 27 (her husband), Asian male age 7 (her son) and Asian male age 3 (her son) in Rowland Heights (Los Angeles County) on 8-7-2007; sentenced on 1-18-2012.

FEDERAL
(last execution of a female by the federal government on 12-18-1953; 1 female offenders now on
federal death row)
Montgomery, Lisa M.: White; age 36 at crime and now age 41; murder of white female age 23 in
Skidmore (Nodaway County), Missouri on 7-16-2004; sentenced on 4-4-2008.

FLORIDA
(last execution of female by Florida on 10-9-2002; 5 female offender now on Florida’s death row)
Allen, Margaret: Black; age 39 at crime and now age 45 (DOB: 1-23-1966); murder of white female
age 39 in Titusville (Duval County) on 2-8-2005; sentenced on 5-19-2011.

Brown, Tina Lasonya: Black; age 39 at crime and now age 42 (DOB 7-19-1970); murder of black
female age 19 in West Pensacola (Escambia County) on 3-24-2010; sentenced on 9-28- 2012.

Cardona, Ana Marie: Latina; age 39 at crime and now age 50 (DOB: 11-26-1961); murder of Latino
male age 3 (her son) in Miami (Dade County) on 11-2-1990; sentenced on 4-1-92; reversed on
11-22-2002; resentenced on 6-10-2011.

Carr, Emilia Lily: Latina; age 24 at crime and now age 27 (DOB: 8-4-1984); murder of white female
age 26 in Boardman (Marion County) on 2-14(?)-2009; sentenced on 2-22-2011

Cole, Tiffany Ann: White, age 23 at crime and now age 27; murder of white female age 61 and white
male age 61 in Jacksonville (Duval County), Florida, on 7-8-2005; sentenced on 3-6-2008.

GEORGIA
(last execution of female by Georgia on 3-5-1945; 1 female offender now on Georgia’s death row)
Gissendaner, Kelly Renee [aka Brookshire]: White, age 28 at crime and now age 41 (YOB: 1968);
murder of white male age 30 (her husband) in Gwinnett County on 2-7-1997; sentenced on 11-20-1998.

IDAHO
(Idaho has never executed a female offender; 1 female offender now on Idaho’s death row)
Row, Robin Lee: White; age 35 at crime and now age 51 (DOB 9-12-1957); murder/arson of white
male age 34 (her husband), white male age 10 (her son), and white female age 8 (her daughter) in
Boise on February 10, 1992; sentenced on 12-16-1993.

INDIANA
(Indiana has never executed a female offender; 1 female offender now on Indiana’s death row)
Brown, Debra Denise: Black; age 21 at crime and now age 46 (DOB 11-11-1962); murder of black
female age 7 in Gary on 6-18-1984; sentenced on 6-23-1986; (serving life sentence in Ohio but
sentenced to death in Indiana).

IOWA
(see Federal)

KENTUCKY
(last execution of female by Kentucky on 2-7-1868; 1 female offender now on Kentucky’s death row)
Caudill, Virginia Susan: White; age 37 at crime and now age 48 (DOB: 9-10-1960); robbery and
murder of black female age 73 in Lexington on 3-15-1998; sentenced on 3-24-2000.

LOUISIANA
(last execution of female by Louisiana on 11-28-1942; 2 female offenders now on LA’s death row)
Frank, Antoinette: Black; age 22 at crime and now age 38 (DOB: 4-30-1971); robbery and murder of
white male age 25 (police officer), Asian male age 17, and Asian female age 24 in New Orleans on
3-4-1994; sentenced on 9-13-1995.

Holmes, Brandy: White; age 23 at crime and now age 29; robbery and murder of white male age 70
in Blanchard (Cado Parish) on 1-1-2003; sentenced on 2-21-2006.

MISSISSIPPI
(last execution of female by Mississippi on 5-19-1944; 2 female offenders now on Mississippi’s death row)
Byrom, Michelle: White; age 43 at crime and now age 52 (DOB: 11-3-1956); murder (she hired killer)
of white male age 56 (her husband) in Tishomingo County on 6-4-1999; sentenced on 11-18-2000.

Chamberlin, Lisa Jo (aka Chamberlain): White; age 31 at crime and now age 36 (DOB: 9-30-1972);
murder of white male age 34 and white female age 37 in Hattiesburg (Forrest County) on 3-20(?)-2004;
sentenced on 8-4-2006.

MISSOURI
(see Federal)

NORTH CAROLINA
(last execution of female by North Carolina on 11-2-1984; 4 female offenders now on North Carolina’s death row)
Jennings, Patricia JoAnn [aka Wells]: White; age 47 at crime and now age 66 (DOB: 8-24-1942);
murder of white male age 77 (her husband) in Wilson County on 9-19-1989; sentenced on 11-5-1990.

Moore, Blanche Kiser [aka Taylor]: White; age 56 at crime and now age 76 (DOB: 2-17-1933); murder
of white male age 50 (her boyfriend) in Alamance County on 10-7-1986; sentenced on 1-18-1991.

Parker, Carlette Elizabeth: Black; age 34 at crime and now age 46 (DOB: 6-12-1963); murder of white
female age 86 in North Raleigh (Wake County) on 5-12-1998; sentenced on 4-1-1999.

Walters, Christina S.: American Indian; age 20 at crime and now age 30 (DOB: 7-15-1978); murder of
white female age 19 and white female age 25 north of Fayetteville in Cumberland County on 8-17-
1998; sentenced on 7-6-2000.

OHIO
(last execution of female by Ohio on 6-12-1954; 1 female offender now on Ohio’s death row)
Roberts, Donna Marie: White; age 58 at crime and now age 65 (DOB: 5-23-1944); murder of white
male age 56 (her husband) near Warren (Trumbull County) on 12-11-2001; sentenced on 6-21-2003;
reversed on 8-2-2006; resentenced on 10/29/2007.

OKLAHOMA
(last execution of a female by Oklahoma on 12-4-2001; 1 female offender now on Oklahoma’s death row)
Andrew, Brenda E.: White; age 37 at crime and now age 45 (DOB: 12-16-1963); murder of white male
age 39 (her husband) in Oklahoma City on 11-20-2001; sentenced on 9-22-2004.

OREGON
(Oregon has never executed a female offender; 1 female offender now on death row)
McAnulty, Angela Darlene: White; age 41 at crime and now age 43 (DOB: 10-??-1968); murder of
white female age 15 (her daughter) on 12-9-2009 in Eugene (Lane County); sentenced on 2- 24-2011.

PENNSYLVANIA
(last execution of female by Pennsylvania on 10-14-1946; 2 female offenders now on death row)
Tharp, Michelle Sue: White; age 29 at crime and now age 40 (DOB: 1-20-1969); murder of white
female age 7 (her daughter) in Burgettstown (Washington County) on 4-18-1998; sentenced on
11-14-2000.

Walter, Shonda Dee (aka Walters]: Black; age 23 at crime and now age 29 (DOB: 7-16-1979); murder
of white male age 83 in Lock Haven (Clinton County) on 3-25-2003; sentenced on 4-19-2005.

TENNESSEE
(last execution of female by Tennessee in 1837; 1 female offenders now on death row)
Pike, Christa Gail: White; age 18 at crime and now age 33 (DOB: 3-10-1976); murder of Latin female
age 19 in Knoxville on 1-12-1995; sentenced on 3-29-1996.

TEXAS
(last execution of female by Texas on 9-14-2005; 10 female offenders now on death row)
Basso, Suzanne Margaret: White; age 44 at crime and now age 55 (DOB: 5-15-1954); murder of white
male (her boyfriend) age 59 in Houston (Harris County) on 8-25-1998; sentenced on 9-1-1999.

Cargill, Kimberly: White; age 43 at crime and now age 46 (DOB 11-30-1966); murder of black female
age 39 in Whitehouse (Smith County) on 6-18-2010; sentenced on 5-31-2012.

Carty, Linda Anita: Black; age 42 at crime and now age 50 (DOB: 10-5-1958); kidnapping and murder
of Latin female age 20 (and victim’s infant son) in Houston (Harris County) on 5-16-2001; sentenced
on 2-21-2002.

Coleman, Lisa: Black; age 28 at crime and now age 33; murder of black male age 9 in Arlington
(Tarrant County) on 7-26-2004; sentenced on 7-7-2006.

Henderson, Cathy Lynn: White; age 37 at crime and now age 52 (DOB: 12-27-1956); murder of white
male age 3 months (she was babysitter) near Austin (Travis County) on 1-21-1994; sentenced on 5-25-1995.

Holberg, Brittany Marlowe: White; age 23 at crime and now age 36 (DOB: 1-7-1973); murder of white
male age 80 in Amarillo (Randall County) on 11-13-1996; sentenced on 3-27-1998.

Lucio, Melissa Elizabeth: Latin; age 38 at crime and now age 40 (DOB: 7-18-1968); murder of Latin
female age 2 ½ (her daughter) in Harlington (Cameron County) on 2-16-2007; sentenced on 8-??-2008.

McCarthy, Kimberly Lagayle: Black; age 36 at crime and now age 48 (DOB: 5-11-1961); murder of
white female age 71 in Lancaster (Dallas County) on 7-21-1997; sentenced on 12-?-1998; reversed in
2001; resentenced to death on 11-1-2002.

Routier, Darla Lynn: White; age 26 at crime and now age 39 (DOB: 1-4-1970); murder of white male
age 5 (her son) in Rowlett (Dallas County) on 6-6-1996; sentenced on 2-4-1997.

Sheppard, Erica Yvonne: Black; age 19 at crime and now age 35 (DOB: 9-1-1973); murder of white (?)
female age 43 in Houston (Harris County) on 6-30-1993; sentenced on 3-3-1995.

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