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March 29, 2013

No change yet in execution date for former Greenville resident

DALLAS — In a story on March 28 about the Dallas district attorney supporting a stay of execution for Kimberly McCarthy, The Associated Press, relying on information from the district attorney’s office, erroneously reported there was a new execution date. McCarthy’s execution date remains April 3, not June 26. A judge is considering a request to delay the execution. 

A corrected version of the story is below:

Dallas prosecutor seeks to stay woman’s execution

Dallas’ top prosecutor pushes to stay woman’s execution while legislation considered

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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