Texas Performs 500th Execution

Kimberley McCarthy first woman executed in 3 years in US

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 27, 2013 3:22 AM CDT

(Newser) – Texas yesterday executed Kimberly McCarthy, marking the state's 500th execution since it brought back the death penalty in 1982. McCarthy, 52, was the first woman to face the death penalty in the US in three years, the AP notes. She was associated with three killings, including the stabbing of 71-year-old Dorothy Booth, from whom she'd borrowed a cup of sugar. Before her execution, McCarthy told listeners: "This is not a loss. This is a win. You know where I'm going. I'm going home to be with Jesus. Keep the faith. I love you all."

Said Booth's daughter, per the Houston Chronicle: "The finality of this event has allowed me to say goodbye to my mother. We are grateful to see justice fulfilled." Meanwhile, about 40 protesters demonstrated outside the prison, singing the spiritual "Wade in the Water" and carrying signs. "I look forward to the day when we recognize that this pointless and barbaric practice, imposed almost exclusively on those who are poor and disproportionately on people of color, has no place in a civilized society," said McCarthy's lawyer.

This undated file photo shows Kimberly McCarthy.   (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice, File)
Aaron McCarthy, right, leaves the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Huntsville Unit, where the death chamber is located, after witnessing his ex-wife's execution.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Jean Wilkins Dember, 83, protests the execution of Kimberly McCarthy on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 outside the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Huntsville Unit.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Habi Jawad holds up his signs to protest the execution of Kimberly McCarthy on Wednesday, June 26, 2013.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Donna Aldred, left, daughter of Dorothy Booth, and Aldred's daughter, Leslie Lambert, right, listen during a news conference after the execution of Kimberly McCarthy.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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