British Grandma On Death Row with Susanna Reid 31 July 2022: Sunday on ITV
“British woman Linda Carty has spent almost twenty years on death row. The court heard Linda orchestrated the kidnap of her pregnant neighbour, Joanna Rodriguez, equipped with scrubs and scissors, as she intended to cut the baby out. Linda didn’t know that Joanna had already had her baby four days earlier. Joanna and her tiny baby boy were kidnapped and Joana was suffocated to death.” Susanna Reid.
British Grandma on Death Row with Susanna Reid tells the unique story of the only British woman on death row anywhere in the western world, Linda Carty.
The British grandmother has been awaiting execution for 20 years, after being convicted of the murder of young mum Joanna Rodriguez so she could steal Joanna’s newborn son, Ray. Joanna was kidnapped, suffocated to death and found in the boot of Linda’s car.
Susanna Reid travels to Texas to meet Linda Carty, who continues to powerfully plead her innocence and has never moved from her stance of ‘not guilty’, despite the substantial evidence against her. Prosecutors claim Linda was so desperate for a baby that she sought to kidnap Joanna and keep baby Ray for herself.
This is no straight forward case. There are many questions over the validity of the witnesses who testified against Linda at her trial, as their stories have changed since Linda’s conviction. However, despite several applications for appeal Linda remains behind bars awaiting the death penalty.
With access to police custody footage of Linda and one of the key witnesses, Chris Robinson, Susanna Reid investigates the many twists and turns in this harrowing murder case.
Susanna Reid speaks to Linda’s daughter, Jovelle Joubert, who speaks candidly of the struggles of awaiting her mother’s execution on death row and states she would not attend the execution of her mother. Lynn Hardaway, former Harris County Assistant District Attorney, recalls Linda’s conviction and says: “I don’t have any doubt she is guilty of this crime; all the evidence was consistent and had her as the ringleader and orchestrator of the whole offence.”
Barrister, Hugh Southey QC, has campaigned for Linda’s release for the last ten years and says the convicted grandmother did not have sufficient, high-quality representation at the murder trial.
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About the Show
This show is broadcast on ITV.