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Death row Briton's last hope for mercy

23 September 2010 Last updated at 02:01 BST

As Teresa Lewis is set to become the first woman to be executed in the US for five years, Briton Linda Carty continues to await the same fate for killing a young mother in Texas.

The 51-year-old was born in St Kitts, a former British colony in the Caribbean. She stands convicted of the kidnap and murder of Joana Rodriguez, seized with her four-day-old son by three men involved in a drugs gang in May 2001.

The baby was later discovered unharmed in a car, but Ms Rodriguez was found suffocated.

Linda Carty, convicted and sentenced to death in 2002 for ordering the crime, has always maintained her innocence. Newsnight's Peter Marshall reports.