The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

Breaking News

Local News

January 29, 2013

Former Greenville resident facing death penalty

A former Greenville resident is facing the death penalty today, after being convicted of the murder and robbery of a Dallas County woman.

Kimberly Lagayle McCarthy, 51, is set to die by lethal injection this evening. McCarthy was born in Greenville in 1961, but was living in Dallas County at the time of the murder. McCarthy was twice convicted of the July 1997 murder of her neighbor, Dorothy Booth, 71.

McCarthy’s original 1998 conviction on a charge of capital murder was overturned on appeal. McCarthy was convicted of capital murder again in October 2002.

According to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, McCarthy had worked as an occupational therapist, waitress, home health care worker and laborer and had previously been convicted and sentenced to prison on a charge of forgery, but was released on parole in December 1991.

According to trial transcripts, on July 21, 1997 McCarthy entered Booth’s home under the pretense of borrowing some sugar and then stabbed Booth five times, hit her in the face with a candelabrum and cut off her left ring finger in order to take her diamond ring.

 McCarthy then took the victim’s purse and its contents, along with her wedding ring, and fled in Booth’s car. Later, McCarthy bought drugs with the stolen money, used the stolen credit cards, and pawned the stolen wedding ring.

McCarthy is believed to be among the first Hunt County natives to face the death penalty. McCarthy would also be only the fifth woman, and the third black woman, to be executed in Texas since 1854.

1
Text Only
Local News
Featured Ads
Photos


See more photos and purchase prints here.

Poll

What's been the primary cause of the Texas Rangers' poor first half of the 2014 baseball season?

Too many injuries
The loss of Nolan Ryan in the front office
Questionable decisions by general manager Jon Daniels
On-field decisions by manager Ron Washington
Key players just aren't producing
All of the above
     View Results
Facebook
AP Video
Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Bodies of Malaysia Jet Victims Leave Ukraine Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel Clinton: "AIDS-Free Generation Within Our Reach" Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence NYPD Chief Calls for 'use of Force' Retraining VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress Bush: Don't Worry, Sugarland Isn't Breaking Up US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Raw: First Lady Says `Drink Up' More Water Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights
Must Read
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Reader's Choice