Unless Governor Rick Perry intervenes, at 6 p.m. today Kimberly McCarthy will become only the 13th woman executed in the United States since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. The Supreme Court declined to review her case on Jan. 7 and last week The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles declined a request for clemency, leaving Gov. Perry, McCarthy’s only chance to avoid execution.
Texas restated use of the death penalty in 1982, with 482 individuals executed, but only were three women. Currently there are ten women, including McCarthy on Death Row.
International Business Times shared:
“McCarthy became infamous in the state of Texas when she was convicted of killing her 71-year-old neighbor, Dorothy Booth, inside Booth’s home on July 21, 1997, after asking if she could come inside to borrow some sugar.Booth, a retired college professor, was stabbed and bludgeoned to death by McCarthy after a struggle ensued between the two at her house in Lancaster, 15 miles south of Dallas, according to the Associated Press.
After killing Booth, McCarthy proceeded to cut off Booth’s left ring finger and stole her diamond ring, which she sold to a pawn shop, Reuters reported.”
McCarthy is now 51 years old, and according to published reports, officials consider a suspect in the murder of two other elderly women.
A severe cocaine addiction was the prime factor in what led, McCarthy, a former occupational therapist, to murder Booth according to a petition started by Change.org. The website has gained 1,630 signatures so far, but there is no indication Gov. Perry will issue a stay of execution.