Texas Woman’s Execution 1st In US Since 2010

HUNTSVILLE (AP) – A Texas woman convicted of the grisly slaying and robbery of a 71-year-old neighbor is set to become the first woman executed in the United States since 2010.

Kimberly McCarthy faces lethal injection Tuesday evening in Huntsville. She’d also be the first woman put to death in Texas in more than eight years.

A Dallas County jury already had convicted McCarthy of the slaying of retired psychology professor Dorothy Booth at her home south of Dallas in 1997 when evidence at the punishment phase of her trial tied her to two similar murders a decade earlier.

Jurors determined she should be put to death.

Evidence showed Booth’s finger was hacked off with a butcher knife to steal her wedding ring.

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