North Texas Woman On Death Row To Instead Get Life Term

HOUSTON (AP) – One of 10 condemned women in Texas is getting off death row after an appeals court agreed prosecutors improperly withheld evidence at her original sentencing hearing.

Chelsea Richardson was convicted of masterminding the slayings of her boyfriend’s parents so her boyfriend could inherit their $1.56 million estate. She was 19 at the time of the December 2003 killings.

The now 27-year-old’s attorneys asked the appeals court for a new punishment hearing because prosecutors withheld a psychologist’s notes suggesting another woman masterminded the plot to kill Rick and Suzanna Wamsley, of Mansfield.

Tarrant County prosecutors didn’t dispute the material was withheld but argued the notes would not have changed the outcome of the jury’s decision to send Richardson to death row.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals sent the case back to Tarrant County prosecutors, who agreed Wednesday that Richardson should be resentenced to life in prison.

Richardson’s boyfriend, Andrew Wamsley, and the other woman, Susana Toledano, are serving life prison terms in the case. Toledano took prosecutors’ plea deal and testified against Richardson and Wamsley, who also was convicted at trial.

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  1. NiteNurse says:

    Wow now we get to spend a million or more taking care of her for the rest of her life.

  2. Rob says:

    Please do a little research. It is much cheaper to keep them in prison for the rest of their lives than to have them sit on death row. The appeals process is many more times expensive (come on…you are talking layers here)….which the tax payers are also on the hook for.

    1. Connie says:

      Then we need to get rid of all the appeals processes. Cause death row should not be more expensive than housing them for the rest of their lives. She should be on death row for what she did.

  3. Rob says:

    Lawyers, not layers…..darn sticky keys

  4. altha says:

    With this much money this trash killed this husband and wife 1.56 million why would anybody give this sh%$ another chance at life. kill-kill-kill

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