HUNTSVILLE (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Texas has executed its 500th inmate since the state resumed carrying out capital punishment in 1982.
Kimberly McCarthy received lethal injection Wednesday evening for the 1997 slaying of her 71-year-old neighbor near Dallas. She’s the first woman put to death in the U.S. in nearly three years.
“Keep the faith, I love y’all. Okay. Thank you Chaplain. God is good,” were McCarthy’s last words. Her eyes closed, she began snoring, then stopped.
McCarthy was condemned for the robbery, beating and fatal stabbing of her neighbor, retired college professor Dorothy Booth. Booth was one of three killings linked to the 52-year-old McCarthy.
Booth was attacked at her home with a butcher knife and candelabra. Evidence showed McCarthy used the knife to sever Booth’s finger to steal her wedding ring.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Tuesday declined to reconsider its denial a day earlier of McCarthy’s request, saying the claims should have been raised previously.
McCarthy was the 13th woman executed in the United States and the fourth in Texas, since the Supreme Court in 1976 allowed executions to resume.
Randall Browning, who was Booth’s godson, says 500 is “just a number. It doesn’t really mean very much.” Browning says Booth’s friends and family were “just thinking about the justice that was promised to us by the state of Texas.”
In a statement she read to reporters, Booth’s daughter Donna Aldred said her mother “was an incredible person who was taken before her time.”
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