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HUNTSVILLE, Texas – Kimberly McCarthy, a Texas woman convicted in the 1997 gruesome murder of her 71-year-old neighbor, is scheduled to be executed Tuesday night. The execution will make her the first female inmate in three years to be put to death in the U.S.
McCarthy, 51, was sentenced to death by lethal injection for the 1997 robbery, beating and fatal stabbing of retired college psychology professor Dorothy Booth. Authorities said it was among three slayings linked to McCarthy, a former nursing home therapist who was addicted to crack cocaine.
McCarthy will be the 13th woman executed in the U.S. and the fourth in Texas, the nation’s busiest death penalty state, since the Supreme Court allowed capital punishment to resume in 1976. Within that same time period, more than 1,300 male inmates have been executed nationwide.
Federal Bureau of Justice Statistics compiled from 1980 through 2008 show that women make up about 10 percent of homicide offenders nationwide. According to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, 3,146 people were on the nation’s death rows as of Oct. 1, 2012, and only 63 – 2 percent – were women.
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