A Texas woman who was set to be executed on Tuesday Jan. 29, received a reprieve just hours before she was scheduled to die. State District Judge Larry Mitchell rescheduled the death sentence for April 3 in order to give the woman a chance to appeal based on racial discrimination.
Kimberly McCarthy would have been the first woman executed in three years. McCarthy received the death sentence for the gruesome murder of her neighbor
McCarthy was convicted for the 1997 murder of Dorothy Booth, 71. Booth was beaten, robbed and stabbed in Lancaster, Texas which is near Dallas.
McCarthy phones her next-door neighbor, Booth and asked if she could borrow a cup of sugar. When Kimberly McCarthy arrived at Booth’s home, Kimberly attacked.
McCarthy slammed Booth’s hand on a chopping block and cut off her finger in order to steal her wedding ring. Booth’s murder was brutal and vicious.
Dallas County assistant district attorney Greg Davis said last week, “I remember the pain and agony that poor woman lived through before McCarthy delivered the final stab wounds.”
McCarthy is suspected of murdering three additional people. It is believed that the murders were committed so that McCarthy could pay for her large crack cocaine addiction.
When Kimberly McCarthy received the lethal injection it will make her the 13th woman executed in the United States and the fourth woman in Texas.
In his final appeal for clemency, McCarthy’s defense attorney Doug Parks stated that her drug use was the underlying cause of her murderous behavior. “I think when she’s off dope she’s probably a pretty good person.”
Parks went on to say, “I believe now, as I did then, that in the penitentiary, Kim would be absolutely no danger to anyone.”
The DNA blood evidence paints an entirely different picture. The three additional women McCarthy is suspected of killing were tied to her through the DNA evidence.
Two of the women were elderly and killed in a heinous way. One was stabbed and beaten with a meat tenderizer while the other woman was killed with a claw hammer.
Greg Davis said, “She took the most defenseless, the most helpless people, people that trusted her, that she chose to attack.”
Kimberly McCarthy was previously married to the founder of the New Black Panther Party, Aaron Michaels.
Of the 10 women on death row in Texas, Kimberly McCarthy is the only one with an execution date. Eight male Texas inmates have scheduled executions in the coming months.
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