Texas prepares to execute woman — the 500th prisoner since 1982

Posted at 3:27 PM, Jun 26, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-26 16:39:30-04

KimberlyMcCarthyTEXAS (PIX11) — Texas officials are preparing to execute their 500th prisoner since 1982, a woman named Kimberly McCarthy.

McCarthy is a prisoner who was convicted in 1997 for the robbery, beating and murder of retired college psychology professor Dorothy Booth. After many attempts to avoid her execution sentence, according to her attorney Maurie Levine, she has exhausted all her other options and is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday in Huntsville, Tex.

If she is executed as planned, she will become the 500th person to be executed in Texas since 1982, and the first woman since 2010, to be executed in the U.S.. Texas has contributed to 40 percent of the more than 1,300 executions in the U.S.  since 1976 when the Supreme Court allowed capital punishment to resume.

Although there has been major debate in recent years, that have caused some states to pause execution practices completely, other states, such as Texas, continue to have death penalties on the books. Kimberly McCarthy had been charged with the murder of Dorothy Booth, and was also later linked to two other killings.

McCarthy will become the 13th woman in the nation and the fourth in Texas to be executed since 1976. She is expected to be executed, by means of a lethal injection, on Wednesday evening.

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