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March 29, 2013

Former Greenville resident McCarthy may get stay of execution

GREENVILLE — Dallas prosecutor seeks to stay woman’s execution

DALLAS — Dallas County’s top prosecutor is pushing for a stay of execution for a woman convicted of killing a retired professor in North Texas.

District Attorney Craig Watkins says Kimberly McCarthy’s execution, scheduled for Wednesday, should be delayed while lawmakers consider legislation that would improve the fairness of the death penalty.

McCarthy’s attorney asked a judge earlier this month to put off her execution, contending jurors were predominantly white and may have been unfairly selected on the basis of race. McCarthy is black. 

A court hearing is scheduled Friday to address the request.

McCarthy, a former nursing home therapist, was convicted of the 1997 stabbing, beating and robbery of a 71-year-old neighbor, Dorothy Booth, at the retired college psychology professor’s home in Lancaster, about 15 miles south of Dallas.

 

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