Judge Halts Woman's Execution in Texas
Her lawyers will get more time for appeal
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 29, 2013 4:21 PM CST
This undated file photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Kimberly McCarthy.   (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice, File)

(Newser) – The first woman scheduled to be executed in the US since 2010 won a reprieve today, mere hours before she was scheduled to be taken to the Texas death chamber. A state district judge rescheduled Kimberly McCarthy's punishment for April 3 so lawyers could have more time to pursue an appeal focused on whether her predominantly white jury was improperly selected on the basis of race. McCarthy is black.

McCarthy was sentenced to death for the 1997 robbery, beating, and fatal stabbing of her 71-year-old neighbor, Dorothy Booth. Investigators say Booth agreed to give McCarthy a cup of sugar before she was attacked with a butcher knife at her home. The killing was one of three linked to McCarthy, a former nursing home therapist who had been addicted to crack cocaine. McCarthy would have been the 13th woman executed in the US since the Supreme Court allowed capital punishment to resume in 1976. In that same period, more than 1,300 male inmates have been executed nationwide.

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Jan 30, 2013 4:41 PM CST
Was her neighbor that she killed black,or the other 2 victims? If she's guilty, what difference the jury's racial makeup?
Jan 30, 2013 12:08 PM CST
shoulda killed that sheboon
Jan 30, 2013 11:31 AM CST
It is sick that people use race as an excuse for doing horrible things. This article really makes a lot of sense to me: http://www.spitterbox.com/forum/thread/31/bigots-blacks-and-racism/