Texas’ 500th Execution In 3 Decades: 40 Percent of Recent U.S. Total


Kimberly McCarthy, who was put to death last evening, was Texas’ 500th person executed since 1982 and the first woman executed in the U.S. in nearly three years, the Associated Press reports. McCarthy, 52, was convicted of the 1997 robbery, beating and fatal stabbing of her neighbor, Dorothy Booth, a retired psychology professor. McCarthy’s attorney, Maurie Levin, called executions a “pointless and barbaric practice.” Texas has carried out nearly 40 percent of the 1,300 U.S. executions since the Supreme Court allowed capital punishment to resume in 1976. The state’s standing stems from its size as the second-most populous state as well as its tradition of tough justice for killers. McCarthy was the 13th woman put to death in the U.S. and the fourth in Texas.

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