California high court upholds woman's execution

By By PAUL ELIAS

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court has upheld the death penalty for a Southern California woman convicted of poisoning her husband to collect on a life insurance policy.

The high court ruled on Thursday that Angelina Rodriguez received a fair trial in 2004. It said if any errors occurred during her trial, they were harmless.

A Los Angeles County jury convicted Rodriguez of killing her husband in 2000 by pouring anti-freeze into his Gatorade. Prosecutors said she wanted to collect $250,000 in life insurance. The jury sentenced her to death after prosecutors also presented evidence that she killed her infant daughter years earlier.

Only 20 of the state's 747 condemned inmates are women. Executions have been on hold in California since 2006 because of lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of California's death penalty.

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