Texas marked a solemn moment in criminal justice Wednesday evening, executing its 500th inmate since it resumed carrying out capital punishment in 1982.

Kimberly McCarthy, who was put to death for the murder of her 71-year-old neighbor, was also the first woman executed in the U.S. in nearly three years.

Kimberly McCarthy

Kimberly McCarthy

McCarthy, 52, was executed for the 1997 robbery, beating and fatal stabbing of retired college psychology professor Dorothy Booth.

Booth had agreed to give McCarthy a cup of sugar before she was attacked with a butcher knife and candelabra at her home in Lancaster, about 15 miles south of Dallas. Authorities say McCarthy cut off Booth’s finger to remove her wedding ring.

It was among three slayings linked to McCarthy, a former nursing home therapist who became addicted to crack cocaine.

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Texas has carried out nearly 40 percent of the more than 1,300 executions in the U.S. since the Supreme Court allowed capital punishment to resume in 1976.

The state’s standing stems from its size as the nation’s second-most populous state as well as its tradition of tough justice for killers.

With increased debate in recent years over wrongful convictions, some states have halted the practice entirely. However, 32 states have the death penalty on the books.

Though Texas still carries out executions, lawmakers have provided more sentencing options for juries and courts have narrowed the cases for which death can be sought.

Outside the prison, about 40 protesters gathered, carrying signs saying ‘Death Penalty: Racist and Anti-Poor,’ ‘Stop All Executions Now’ and ‘Stop Killing to Stop Killings.’

As the hour for the execution approached, protesters began chanting and sang the old Negro spiritual “Wade in the Water.”

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Executions of women are infrequent. McCarthy was the 13th woman put to death in the U.S. and the fourth in Texas, the nation’s busiest death penalty state, since the Supreme Court in 1976 allowed capital punishment to resume.

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McCarthy’s lawyer, Maurie Levin, had asked the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to halt the punishment, arguing black jurors were improperly excluded from McCarthy’s trial by Dallas County prosecutors.

McCarthy is black; her victim white. All but one of her 12 jurors were white. The court denied McCarthy’s appeals, ruling her claims should have been raised previously.

Prosecutors said McCarthy stole Booth’s Mercedes and drove to Dallas, pawned the woman’s wedding ring she removed from the severed finger for $200 and went to a crack house to buy cocaine. Evidence also showed she used Booth’s credit cards at a liquor store.

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DNA evidence also tied McCarthy to the December 1988 slayings of 81-year-old Maggie Harding and 85-year-old Jettie Lucas. Harding was stabbed and beaten with a meat tenderizer, while Lucas was beaten with both sides of a claw hammer and stabbed.

McCarthy, who denied any involvement in the attacks, was indicted but not tried for those slayings.

McCarthy is a former wife of Aaron Michaels, founder of the New Black Panther Party, and he testified on her behalf. They had separated before Booth’s slaying.

In January, McCarthy was just hours away from being put to death when a Dallas judge delayed her execution.

McCarthy was the eighth Texas prisoner executed this year. She was among 10 women on death row in Texas, but the only one with an execution date. Seven male Texas prisoners have executions scheduled in the coming months.

Texas has been by far the most prolific U.S. state in executing prisoners, leaving Virginia a distant second with 110 executions, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

McCarthy, 52, was convicted of killing Dorothy Booth, 71, at Booth’s home in Lancaster, Texas, in 1997. She is scheduled to die by lethal injection after 6 p.m. CDT (7:00 p.m. EDT) at a state prison in Huntsville.

Since January, a county judge postponed her execution twice to address appeals by lawyer Maurie Levin, who raised questions about possible racial discrimination in the selection of the jury that convicted her. McCarthy is African-American.

The issues in McCarthy’s case “reflect problems that are central to the administration of the death penalty as a whole,” Levin said. “For this to be the emblem of Texas’ 500th execution is something all Texans should be ashamed of.”

Eleven of the 12 Dallas County jurors who convicted McCarthy were white and eligible nonwhite jurors were excluded from serving, Levin’s appeal said.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals denied McCarthy’s request for a stay of execution on Monday, ruling that the issues should have been raised earlier. Levin’s request for reconsideration was also denied.

Fifty of the Texas executions since reinstatement of the death penalty have been from prosecutions in Dallas County, the second-highest of any county in the nation behind Harris County, which includes Houston. Dallas County has previously been accused of racial discrimination in jury selection.

In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a black death row inmate convicted in the county was entitled to a new trial because of strong evidence of racial bias in jury selection during his 1986 trial.

McCarthy, who was linked to the murders of two other elderly women, was first convicted in 1998 for Booth’s murder, according to a case summary from the Texas Attorney General. She was accused of stabbing Booth five times and pawning her ring.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overturned that conviction in 2001 because no lawyer was present when she was questioned, even though she had asked for one, according to court documents. She was convicted and again sentenced to death after a second jury trial in 2002.

The state appeals court agreed with the second conviction and sentence in 2004.

McCarthy would be the 18th person executed in the United States so far this year and the eighth in Texas.

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  • MekongDelta69

    This is going to affect me forever and ever and ever and…
    The tears are welling up in my eyes as I write this…
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    Ok – enough ‘welling.’ How are the Yankees doing?

    • BonusGift

      Hang in there, this too shall pass. On the brighter side, she is now in a better place; it’s very warm and she will be cared for by red creatures with pitchforks.

      • I think McCarthy got off easy. This woman in the picture below met her final fate for being convicted of sorcery.

  • Cut the finger off to get the wedding ring? This was one nasty mean woman.

    It was a lucky man that got to slam the plunger down the barrel of that syringe.

    • There was a movie I saw with Tom Skerritt (Strawberry for you Up In Smoke fans) back in early 1982 called Fighting Back. It was a double feature shown after Death Wish II. Some punks did the exact same thing to a woman in the movie. They cut off her finger to get the ring.

  • Outside the prison, about 40 protesters gathered, carrying signs
    saying ‘Death Penalty: Racist and Anti-Poor,’ ‘Stop All Executions Now’
    and ‘Stop Killing to Stop Killings.’

    Five, six, seven, eight…

    …Whites who are convicted of Murder-1 are more likely, in fact, around twice as likely, actually to be executed than blacks who are convicted of Murder-1.

  • The__Bobster

    James Brown is looking rough – even for a dead man.

    • Lethal injection is too soft for criminals, and it costs too much. They need to round up all prisoners, and make them watch. I can think of better ways to carry out executions.

  • The__Bobster

    Executions of women are infrequent.
    ___________

    Obviously some disparate impact at work here. So should we stop all executions of males until the women catch up?

    • kjh64

      Yes, there is massive sexism at work here.

  • This critter karked three innocent women and the libtard bed-wetters were protesting her being turned off?

    Could violent black murderers please only attack liberals? The meat-tenderizer and claw hammer would be uniquely suited to them.

  • borogirl54

    I do not feel sorry for this woman at all. From what I have read, this was not the first murder she committed. I think she got what she deserved.

  • “I bet the professor she killed was a Libtard who never saw it coming.”

    I hope the professor she killed was a Libtard who never saw it coming.

    There; I fixed it.

  • No, Miss James Nye, I live in Texas, and it is not “a solemn” moment over here. Yeah, I called you “Miss” because you sure aren’t acting like a man.

    • Speaking of, the younger Tsarnaev bomb brother is now officially facing charges, and he could get the death penalty. Yet, the U.S. Attorney for Boston is making contradictory statements. I’ve been reading credible gossip that the Feds are mulling trading out the death penalty for information from him. Though I don’t know what kind of info he could give them that I can’t tell them right now: Chechnyans are a dangerous bunch of unstable violent Muslims, but since they have no ICBMs, they can’t hurt us if we don’t let them in our country.

      The most important thing to me in the world right now is being able to chop Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s head off. It will give us hope and unity of purpose, and display our resolve as a nation, and prove we can still do big things. If I can’t chop his head off personally, then I’ll settle for using a giant blown-up picture of him for target practice.

  • kjh64

    The Death Penalty arguments are always the same:

    –they’re all innocent, check
    –new evidence has been found, check
    -old evidence has been ignored or covered up by a corrupt prosecution,check
    -their lawyer was incompetent, check
    -they had a bad and abusive childhood, check
    -they were poor, check
    -if female, they had an abusive boyfriend/husband in the past (not talking about women who killed abusive husbands but someone else)
    -if Black, they were victims of racism

    • You forgot “they were congenital idiots”, even though the same libtards also love saying that “there is no such thing as IQ”.

      • QuinnTheEskimo9

        The IQ argument is critical. Leftitst tell us there is no such thing as IQ yet fight tooth and nail to prevent those with 85 IQs or lower (mental retards, they tell us) from being executed. Typical leftist hypocrisy.

  • KittyAmerica

    She was s “nursing home therapist” which must translate to nurses aid. She is the typical beast that gets to abuse our old people. No telling what abuse she did at the nursing home and stole jewelry no doubt.

    • QuinnTheEskimo9

      This is who will be taking care of us in the future in our old age. England already has this problem with blacks working in nursing homes. That is if we survive long enough to enter a nursing home…

      • evilsandmich

        I already told my son to push me off on an ice flow, eskimo style 😉

        • QuinnTheEskimo9

          You can have the ice floe.
          I already told Manfred Mann I want to go out on a flaming ship, Viking style.

  • Spartacus

    “DNA evidence also tied McCarthy to the December 1988 slayings of
    81-year-old Maggie Harding and 85-year-old Jettie Lucas. Harding was
    stabbed and beaten with a meat tenderizer, while Lucas was beaten with
    both sides of a claw hammer and stabbed.”

    Yeah, the cause was definitely racism, and nothing else…

    /sarcasm

  • Tinfoil A22hat

    God bless Texas, don’t ever bend that knee.

  • Unless the professor was such an idiot she lived in a neighborhood where it was routine for crackheads to come to your to borrow a cup of sugar.

  • Funruffian

    This poor excuse of a woman highly resembles that comedian, Wanda Sykes. Yikes!

  • QuinnTheEskimo9

    Excellent point.
    One of THE most important functions of prisons is not only to separate sociopathic murderers from the rest of society, but to prevent them from breeding. She would have pumped out 10 more psychotic killers just like her all from different low life fathers.

    • Unfortunately, prison does not keep violent male predators from breeding. In between stints in the hoosgow, they frequently manage to knock women – willing or otherwise – up.

  • Brian

    Southern State archives extensively document the slavery period, show that Blacks were just the same as they are today: murdering, raping, lazy no good violent group of people who violate the law without blinking. They achieve or they feel they do achieve by violence alone.

  • gemjunior

    I wonder if there were any Old Negro Spirituals being sung for the 4 elderly white ladies she brutally murdered like the typical thug she is? Nobody sung protesting their murders as they tried to find some peace at the end of their lives, being stupidly trusting enough of this bitch to let her into their house? They probably never imagined this would happen because back in their day blacks in the south were somewhat “regulated.” Stupid, stupid, stupid. Our previous generation should have been less willing for “change”. They should have left things alone – we’d have far more peace and no rap music, no hanging pants, no Trayvons…..

    • kjh64

      Two of the ladies who let her in knew Mccarthy’s mother so that is why they let her in, they trusted her because her mom was friendly with them. The second was a neighbor.

  • I suspect this one was far past “sociopath” and well into “psychopath” territory.

  • AllSeeingEyeSpy

    Texas seems to be in the lead in interracial relationships also. At least for the white woman/black man, kind. Don’t know what it is but a large hispanic population seems to lead, not to white woman/hispanic man relationships, but to the kind we’ve mostly seen before.

  • KenelmDigby

    What an ugly looking woman.
    At least the World won’t be such an unpleasant place anymore with that physical ugliness removed from the gaze of anyone who passes by.
    In the same manner that flies benefit us by devouring excrement so as to make it ‘disappear’, the only good this woman will do is to feast the worms and moulds of this earth, which in turn will remove that ugly face forever.

  • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

    There will no doubt be a movie made that reports a mythological racism of her white victim. I just hope Sandra Bullock plays her.

  • SFLBIB

    Texas is actually biased against whites when it comes to applying the death penalty. Ironically, this is generally true of the states that formed the Confederacy. See “The Color of Death Row” at lagriffedulion[dot]f2s[dot]com/DP[dot]htm [page down to map].

  • 1proactive2

    As a group, no other race loves members of their group who kill others more than black people.

  • Chris Granzow XI

    Racial bias? Has anyone considered that the real racial bias might be the fact that all her victims were white, and her husband at the time was ‘coincidentally’ a black supremacist. I can easily envisage a national outcry if the races were reversed and the ex-husband was the founder of the kkk or some other similar entity. It also never surprises how quick blacks are to defend the ugly despicable acts of other blacks. I didn’t see white people protesting and asking for Jeffrey Dahmer to be freed.

  • Ngati Pakeha

    Scaphism?

  • PouponMarks

    There was no purpose to her killings, no theme of any worth. To me, third generation Texan, she, and people like her, lose their humanity and “human rights”, becoming sub-human, driven by mania and atavistic impulses. I would say “animal” impulses” but that insults low order mammals.
    She goes out with the trash.

  • kjh64

    I know what you mean. If I were facing the death penalty, I’d make sure I scored a 50 on the IQ test lol.

  • Major

    One at a time friend….one liberal loon turning their backs…one at a time. The payback is coming.