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Woman may face execution soon in Texas

HOUSTON, May 25 (UPI) -- A woman on Texas death row may have her execution scheduled soon after losing what may have been her final appeal.

Frances Newton's latest claim was rejected last week by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the Houston Chronicle reported Tuesday. The court rejected her argument that a judge erred in refusing to postpone her trial so her new lawyers had more time to prepare.

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The Houston-area woman has been on death row for 16 years for murdering her husband and two children in a plot to claim a $100,000 life insurance policy.

Newton would be the third woman to receive a lethal injection in Texas since 1863. Karla Faye Tucker was executed in 1998 for killing a Houston couple, and Betty Lou Beets was executed in 2000 for murdering her husband near Dallas.

Newton's only legal option now is to request a review by the U.S. Supreme Court, which is rarely granted, the Chronicle reported.

Prosecutors in Houston have asked a judge to set an execution date for Newton.

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