Case Summaries for Current Female Death Row Inmates

CASE SUMMARIES FOR FEMALE OFFENDERS UNDER DEATH SENTENCES AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2012

Source: "DEATH PENALTY FOR FEMALE OFFENDERS, JANUARY 1, 1973, THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2012" by Victor Streib

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 Louisiana’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.