Judge Mary Lou Keel of the 232nd State District Court formally announced her decision Wednesday, although she had indicated at the Dec. 13 competency hearing that she likely would rule in favor of prosecutors. The finding indicates that Basso knows that she is to be executed and understands the reason for the sentence.
Basso, 59, is to be put to death on Feb. 5. for the 1998 murder of Louis "Buddy" Musso, also 59. She would be the fifth woman executed in Texas since the state resumed executions in 1982.
Basso's attorney, Winston Cochran, could not be immediately reached for comment. He has said, however, that he will appeal a ruling adverse to his client.
In Basso's trial, testimony indicated she had lured Musso to Texas with the promise of marriage. Once here, she lead a group of five others in kicking, beating and stomping the man to death. (www.chron.com)
There has been much conflict over the fact that Ms. Basso is clinically retarded.